Authentic  Russian SOKOL KV-2 Space Suit
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SOKOL  KV-2 Space Suit

This is a REAL piece of space history

SOKOL KV-2 Space Suit

   The SOKOL space suit was designed in the early 1970s to protect cosmonauts during launch and landing or unexpected emergencies. Each suit is custom made to a particular Cosmonaut. The suits are made in Russia by the Zvezda company near Moscow.

    The SOKOL Space suit has an attached pressurized hood with hinged plastic visor securing to a blue anodized aluminum clavicle flange, trussed sleeves with adjustable articulating cables in upper arm and webbed belt lashings. 

Our SOKOL KV-2 Space Suit

These gray boots are worn
over the SOKOL suit. The boots are light leather on the outside, inside they are suede and the sole is rubber.

They protect the suit
from punctures and
tears while the cosmonauts
are walking to the spacecraft.

Here are two
Cosmonauts saluting
a superior prior to blasting-off from
Russia on a
Soyuz space craft.

Notice the
gray boots the
are wearing.

There is a pressure gauge on the left sleeve of a K-Type. The gloves were detachable from the rest of the suit. 
Pressure Gauge on sleeve of SOKOL Space Suit 
The K-type suit was the 1st variant of the SOKOL series introduced in 1973 as a result of the Soyuz 11 tragedy. 

Click on Glove for more information
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   The suit has a  double  V front zip closure, lace-up crotch, aluminum umbilical interfaces on body for electrical, air and coolant line with cables and hoses.

Our SOKOL KV-2 Space Suit
    After entering the suit, the cosmonaut would seal the bladder with a rubber strip. The outer layer was then closed off using nylon string (later suits introduced in 1982 shifted to a Zipper closure.
Cosmonaut wearing a SOKOL KV-2 Space Suit

(October 2001) Cosmonaut Vladimir N. Dezhurov, Expedition Three flight engineer, wearing a Russian Sokol suit, is seated in the Soyuz spacecraft that is docked to the International Space Station (ISS).

Note the Mirror on his right sleeve. We have an identical,
flown mirror in our space collection. Click Here for Info.
    On 29 Jun 1971, Cosmonauts Dobrovolsky, Patsayev and Volkov died during re-entry. A valve in their Soyuz Decent Module malfunctioned at the moment of separation from the orbital module, and all of the air escaped from the capsule resulting in the deaths of all onboard. 
SOKOL Space Suit The KV type suit was strictly designed for launch & landing protection against rapid cabin decompression however in an emergency the Soviets claimed it could be used for EVA to transfer from one disabled spacecraft to another. The basic construction consists of an inner pressure bladder which is entered via the chest. 
    In June, 2003 we were fortunate enough to actually acquire an authentic, Russian SOKOL KV-2 Space Suit. These suits are extremely rare outside of Russia and only a very few are known to exist in the United States.

The suit that we have was
used by Bulgarian Cosmonaut
 Krasimir Mihailov Stoyanov. 

Krasimir Mihailov Stoyanov

He was part of the back-up crew for the
Soyuz TM-5 Mission
which flew to the
MIR Space Station 
on June 7, 1988.

Our Russian SOKOL KV-2 Space Suit Our Russian SOKOL KV-2 Space Suit

Here our suit on display at the South Florida Science Museum in W. Palm Beach

The Suit is currently on display at the
South Florida Science Museum South Florida Science Museum

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