An early-1960’s idea for a one-man “space pod.” Similar in concept to von Braun’s “Bottle Suit,” the Remora would allow an astronaut to work in a more comfortable settign than a full pressure suit, while giving the astronaut more tools and greater protection from radiation, meteoroids and other space hazards.
The name “remora” comes in part from the fact that the “suits” would not, unlike normal EVA suits, have to be put all the way through an air lock. Instead, the “head” of the Remora would enter a small port on the spacecraft, would lock in, the pressure would equalize and the transparent dome would open, allowing the astronaut to climb right out. The pressure in the spacecraft/space station would be the same as that within the Remora, meaning no prebreathing and no dangerous and time consuming steps up and down in pressure.
The images below are photos of Bell promo glossies. At the tiem I took ’em, I was far from home and fully prepared to do some scannin’… except I brought the wrong damned cable. Ooops. Anybody want to underwrite a return visit, so I can spend the time (of which I had very little last time) to do it right?