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Personal Propulsion System

Report Number: AMRL TR 65-89
Author(s): G. E. Hanff; R. H. Moulton; R. E. Geller
Corporate Author: Lockheed-California Company
Laboratory: Aerospace Medical Research Laboratories
Date of Publication: 1965-07
Pages: 32
Contract: AF 33(615)-1903
Project: 7184
Task: 718405
AD Number: AD0621380

Abstract:
The report describes a laboratory model of a simple manually controlled, tractor type, personnel propulsion unit for use under zero gravity conditions. The device consists of a pair of hand-mounted thrust nozzles with fore and aft thrust vector control. A backpack containing two, high pressure, gas bottles supplies dry nitrogen to the thrusters. A series of tests were conducted to obtain thrust nozzle calibration, valve/nozzle modulation, and verification of the total system to deliver the required thrust. The tests verified that the thrust nozzles were within tolerance. The valve/nozzle combination demonstrated total system performance within specification requirements and with satisfactory modulation characteristics. Further research should include evaluation of the propulsion system in a zero gravity environment.

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