This section has been added as a follow-up to the Soviet Union Krechet suit page, because the Orlan suit owes so much of it's design to the Krechet. The Orlan is being used to this day on board the International Space Station.
Above: Orlan M on EVA on Mir. Note that the "CCCP" Soviet Union flag (left shoulder) seen on the Orlan below (and top right on this page) has been replaced by the flag of the Russian Federation. Also note the Mir program patch on the right shoulder
All photos below this point are thumbnails. Click on them for large image.
a great contributor
to My Little Space
stands next to an Orlan suit display.
Note the twin
in the comm
|3/4 view||Left side
of Orlan suit
|same as at left|
Compare to this
|Early Orlan inboard
during EVA prep
The SPK Manned Manuevering Unit
was flown tethered twice outside the Mir space station.
Left attached to the Mir, it was destroyed when that vehicle reentered earth's atmosphere.
Above: Left, center, and right views
of Orlan-SPK EVA configuration.
Note similarity to US MMU. Right glove of suit has been removed and
right arm of SPK is folded down. Small white pack at base of display
was worn at waist while on EVA. It is probably a tether reel pack.
Right photo is of rear of SPK, showing flaps opened to reveal main prop tanks.
Nice photo of the Orlan-SPK on EVA
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