Published in Space Tech Conference: Anaheim, California, September 23, 1985, pages 8.26-8.41. © 1985 Society of Manufacturing Engineers.
NOTE: At the time of publication, the author William Durgin was not yet affiliated with Cal Poly.
WPI was one of four colleges and universities awarded NASA grants for student design and development of an improved glove for space suits. This paper traces the design, development and testing of the WPI prototype glove. Test results showed that the glove did not significantly limit hand and finger motion when pressurized at 8 psi, except in the spherical grip mode. This project demonstrated that problems originating from space technology provide excellent vehicles for student learning and can generate creative solutions.