Gross mass: 15 kg (32 lb).
In April, 1992 the Russian Zvezda institute sold to China a single Sokol space suit for $50,000 cash. This single example was torn down, reverse engineered, and became the suit for the Chinese Shenzhou program. The suits cost $15,000 apiece to produce in China.
There is no regulation of temperature and pressure, and no environmental control system. The helmet is integral to the one-piece suit. In case of depressurization of the spacecraft, external emergency tanks supply oxygen at a rate of 21 liters per minute. Suit pressure is kept at 39kpa for three hours, and then 28kpa for three hours. The suit was worn for the entire one-day mission on Shenzhou 5, the first Chinese manned spaceflight. For Shenzhou 6, the crew removed the suits and donned blue coveralls after entering orbit.
Colour, uncensored version of photograph of backup astronaut for Shenzhou 5 mission.
Chinese spacesuit in test, October 1999
|Chinese Spacesuit, 2|
This photograph shows the design is clearly based on the Russian Sokol suit.
Chinese astronaut enters pressure chamber to test new-design pressure suit, 1998.
Credit: Richard D. Fisher, Jr
Chinese astronaut in spacesuit being prepared for test in altitude chamber, 1980.
Chinese astronaut in spacesuit and high-G spacecraft seat, ca. 1980.
Chinese astronaut in pressure chamber spacesuit test, 1980.