NASA Crew and Thermal Systems Division

NASA Crew and Thermal Systems Division The Crew and Thermal Systems Division (CTSD) is part of the Engineering Directorate at the NASA Johnson Space Center. CTSD engineers design, develop, and t

CTSD engineers design, develop, and test technologies to support humans in space. Systems include environmental control/life support (ECLSS) and active thermal control (ATCS) for spacecraft, as well as crew equipment, tools, and spacesuits for intravehicular activities (IVAs) and extravehicular activities (EVAs). CTSD also provides test capability in both vacuum and thermal/vacuum environments usi

CTSD engineers design, develop, and test technologies to support humans in space. Systems include environmental control/life support (ECLSS) and active thermal control (ATCS) for spacecraft, as well as crew equipment, tools, and spacesuits for intravehicular activities (IVAs) and extravehicular activities (EVAs). CTSD also provides test capability in both vacuum and thermal/vacuum environments usi

Happy 50th Anniversary of Extravehicular Activity!  On this date 50 years ago, Edward White II conducted the first US EV...
06/03/2015

Happy 50th Anniversary of Extravehicular Activity! On this date 50 years ago, Edward White II conducted the first US EVA from the Gemini 4 spacecraft. His umbilical EVA in the G4C suit was 36 minutes long. This picture was taken over the Gulf of Mexico!

The NASA Z-2 Space Suit Team issued an image in tribute to "Star Wars" fans. Unfortunately, we are not working on a ligh...
05/04/2015

The NASA Z-2 Space Suit Team issued an image in tribute to "Star Wars" fans. Unfortunately, we are not working on a lightsaber!

The EVA team welcomed Andy Weir to a pressurized Mark III space suit test in the Advanced Suit Lab!
05/01/2015

The EVA team welcomed Andy Weir to a pressurized Mark III space suit test in the Advanced Suit Lab!

The NASA EVA Tools Team had a great time discussing the load alleviating 85 foot safety tether with "The Martian" author...
05/01/2015

The NASA EVA Tools Team had a great time discussing the load alleviating 85 foot safety tether with "The Martian" author Andy Weir during Mars Week at JSC!

12/12/2014
All About That Space

We are very excited about the success of Orion Exploration Flight Test One (EFT-1)!!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kHy08ZPav88

“All About That Space” is a volunteer outreach video project created by the Pathways Interns of NASA's Johnson Space Center. It was created as a parody (to r...

04/17/2014

We are planning to perform an EVA to replace a failed electronics box on the ISS! Let's all hope SpaceX-3 launches on time Friday!

The Spacesuit and Crew Survival Branch is proud to announce the website for the Z-2 Spacesuit vote is now live at the fo...
03/25/2014
You can decide how the NASA's next spacesuit prototype will look like


The Spacesuit and Crew Survival Branch is proud to announce the website for the Z-2 Spacesuit vote is now live at the following address:

http://jscfeatures.jsc.nasa.gov/z2

Here are some other sites of interest, where we are already making the news:

http://offworld.gizmodo.com/you-can-decide-how-the-nasas-next-spacesuit-prototype-1550405152

http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/133190-Vote-For-NASAs-Next-Gen-Spacesuit-Design

The Z-2 suit is the newest prototype in the Z-series, NASA's next-generation spacesuit platform. After creating the Z-1 prototype, the U.S. space agency wants you to get involved to the development process, because they have three quite different design concepts—and, some times, professionals need a...

12/30/2013

The Crew and Thermal Systems Division welcomes Christopher P. Hansen as our new Division Chief! Chris leaves his previous job as the ISS Chief Engineer for the Engineering Directorate.

The Olympic Torch is going out on a Russian spacewalk!!!Two Russian cosmonauts will carry the Olympic torch when they ve...
11/08/2013
Space Station News

The Olympic Torch is going out on a Russian spacewalk!!!

Two Russian cosmonauts will carry the Olympic torch when they venture outside the International Space Station Saturday, Nov. 9, for a six-hour spacewalk to perform maintenance work on the orbiting laboratory. NASA TV will provide live coverage of the spacewalk beginning at 8 a.m. CST.

Expedition 37 Flight Engineers Oleg Kotov and Sergey Ryazanskiy of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) will open the hatch to the Pirs docking compartment airlock at 8:30 a.m. and float outside for a brief photo opportunity with the unlit torch. They then will stow it back inside the airlock before they begin their chores 260 miles above Earth.

The torch, an icon of international cooperation through sports competition, arrived at the space station Thursday aboard a Soyuz spacecraft carrying three crew members Mikhail Tyurin of Roscosmos, Rick Mastracchio of NASA and Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. It will return to Earth on Sunday, Nov. 10, aboard another Soyuz spacecraft vehicle along with crew members Fyodor Yurchikhin of Roscosmos, Karen Nyberg of NASA and Luca Parmitano of the European Space Agency.

The spacewalk is a high-flying extension of a relay that began in Olympia, Greece, in October. The relay will culminate with the torch being used to light the Olympic flame at the Feb. 7 opening ceremonies of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.

After the photo opportunity, Kotov and Ryazanskiy will prepare a pointing platform on the hull of the station's Zvezda service module for the installation of a high resolution camera system in December, relocate of a foot restraint for use on future spacewalks and deactivate an experiment package.

The spacewalk will be the 174th in support of space station assembly and maintenance, the fourth in Kotov's career and the first for Ryazanskiy. This will be the eighth spacewalk conducted at the station this year. In December, Tyurin will accompany Kotov on his fifth spacewalk.

All the times of International Space Station programming, key Soyuz event coverage and other NASA Television programming can be found at:
http://www.nasa.gov/stationnews

For more information about the International Space Station, visit:
http://www.nasa.gov/station

NASA.gov brings you the latest images, videos and news from America's space agency. Get the latest updates on NASA missions, watch NASA TV live, and learn about our quest to reveal the unknown and benefit all humankind.

It is always flattering to get a reminder of the historical importance of what we do at NASA. Here is a link to a recent...
10/30/2013
101 Objects that Made America | Special Reports | Smithsonian Magazine

It is always flattering to get a reminder of the historical importance of what we do at NASA. Here is a link to a recent Smithsonian article. The legacy of CTSD lives on! Joe Gensler

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/specialreports/101-objects-that-made-america/

Articles from the Smithsonian Institution's award-winning, monthly general interest magazine, plus exclusive Web articles, videos, blogs, photographs and more.

10/22/2013

A special message to our Facebook fans from the administrator of this page…Thank you all so much for your support of NASA and CTSD these past few years! I am moving on to a technical role at JSC, so this page will be monitored by another CTSD engineer. It has been a privilege communicating with all of you, and we greatly appreciate your interest in what we do in Engineering! I encourage you to continue to stay connected; we in CTSD (and at NASA) have so many fantastic things that we are doing now, and that we plan to do in the future. I plan to continue to be a part of the adventure, and I hope you will too! Wishing all of you the best!

Watch the Soyuz launch, about to happen at 3:58 pm central time!  NASA TV is currently showing the activities that happe...
09/25/2013
NASA Television

Watch the Soyuz launch, about to happen at 3:58 pm central time! NASA TV is currently showing the activities that happened earlier today to prep the crew...

http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/#.UkNFA3fld8E

NASA Television provides live coverage of launches, spacewalks and other mission events, as well as the latest news briefings, video files, and the This Week @NASA report.

Today we had a successful launch of the Orbital Sciences Corp.'s Cygnus spacecraft.  Learn more about the spacecraft and...
09/18/2013
Orbital Sciences Launch News

Today we had a successful launch of the Orbital Sciences Corp.'s Cygnus spacecraft. Learn more about the spacecraft and it's mission plans at the following link...

The latest news and features about NASA's Commercial Orbital Transportation Services Partner, Orbital Sciences.

Tonight NASA will launch our newest science mission – the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer, also known as ...
09/06/2013
NASA's LADEE Mission

Tonight NASA will launch our newest science mission – the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer, also known as LADEE (pronounced like "laddie"). This mission will help us better understand our nearest neighbor in space – the moon – adding to knowledge we’ve gained from Apollo to GRAIL, LCROSS and other important lunar expeditions.

The launch is scheduled for 11:27 p.m. EDT on Sept. 6 from Pad 0B at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport, at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility, Wallops Island, Va.

LADEE is a robotic mission that will orbit the moon to gather detailed information about the lunar atmosphere, conditions near the surface and environmental influences on lunar dust. A thorough understanding of these characteristics will address long-standing unknowns, and help scientists understand other planetary bodies as well.

For more information go to:
http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/ladee/main/index.html

Loading ...Get Involved with LADEE--See LADEE launch from locations across the northeast US--View from a public viewing site near NASA Wallops in Va. --Watch the launch broadcast at NASA Ames in Silicon Valley, Calif. --Info about all LADEE events--Info about all the ways YOU can become directly inv...

Watch the Japanese Cargo Ship Leave ISS: NASA TV will air live the departure of a Japanese cargo ship from the Internati...
09/04/2013
NASA Television

Watch the Japanese Cargo Ship Leave ISS:

NASA TV will air live the departure of a Japanese cargo ship from the International Space Station today, Sept. 4. Expedition 36 Flight Engineer Karen Nyberg (former CTSD engineer!!!) of NASA will use the station's robotic arm to detach the H-II Transport Vehicle (HTV)-4 from the space station's Harmony module. This will wrap up a month's stay at the orbiting laboratory, during which time more than 3.5 tons of supplies and spare parts were unloaded from the vehicle onto the space station. The departure frees up a space station docking port for the arrival of Orbital Sciences Corp.'s Cygnus cargo vehicle in late September.

NASA TV coverage will begin at 10 a.m. CDT with an expanded edition of "Space Station Live," featuring activities surrounding the HTV-4 departure. The cargo craft will be released at around 11 a.m. CDT.

For NASA TV streaming video, scheduling and downlink information, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/ntv

NASA TV’s PUBLIC, MEDIA CHANNELS NOW IN HD NASA Television’s Public (101) and Media (103) channels are now transmitting in high definition. NASA Television’s Public Channel (channel 101), the "NASA TV" most often carried by cable and satellite service providers, provides coverage of NASA missions an...

08/26/2013

We'd like to extend a big hello to the students from Mexico participating in this week's space school...And to all of the folks that will attend the 71st World Science Fiction Convention in San Antonio this weekend, get ready for great NASA presentations and panels!

We have received a lot of questions about the recent suit failure that happened during EVA 23 with Luca Parmitano.  Luca...
08/22/2013
Luca Parmitano

We have received a lot of questions about the recent suit failure that happened during EVA 23 with Luca Parmitano. Luca shares his experience in his blog - read the details at the link provided. Our team of engineers is hard at work to determine what caused the problem and how to fix it!

http://blogs.esa.int/luca-parmitano/

Luca Parmitano's blog

08/21/2013

NASA Television will provide live coverage as two Russian cosmonauts venture outside the International Space Station on a spacewalk tomorrow, Aug. 22. NASA TV coverage will begin at 6 a.m. tomorrow morning.

Flight Engineers Fyodor Yurchikhin and Alexander Misurkin will install equipment for the arrival of a new Russian module and begin preparations for the installation later this year of an optical telescope.

Tomorrow's spacewalk is scheduled to begin at about 6:40 a.m and last about 4 1/2 hours. Yurchikhin and Misurkin will remove a space laser communications system from the hull of the Zvezda service module and install a pointing platform on which a small optical telescope will be installed on a future Russian spacewalk.

Tomorrow's spacewalk will be the 173rd in support of space station assembly and maintenance, the eighth of Yurchikhin's career and the third for Misurkin. Yurchikhin will wear a Russian Orlan suit bearing red stripes, and Misurkin will wear a suit with blue stripes. Misurkin's suit also will be equipped with a U.S. helmet camera to provide close up views of the work he will be performing outside the station.

07/26/2013

Interested in learning how space technologies apply to the medical and oil and gas industries? Johnson Space Center is hosting a "Pumps and Pipes" event on Monday, inviting industry professionals to interact with our NASA personnel for partnership opportunities. If you are on Twitter, you can follow along at #PnPJSC2013. You can also check out the website to learn more:

http://www.pumpsandpipes.com/registration-locale-NASA.html

07/22/2013

We have another week of sessions with the High School Aerospace Scholars Program (HAS) students and the international students at Space School!! We also want to give a shout out to the Baylor Summer Institute educators who will be learning about tools used in space from Heather Paul, Jesse Buffington, and Drew Hood this week!

07/15/2013

We’d like to give a shout out to the summer High School Aerospace Scholars Program (HAS) and Space School this week! CTSD is providing HAS lunch n learn sessions on life support and habitability systems and space suits and we also have the high school students from Asia participating in Space School at Space Center Houston. Have a great week!

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