Flotation Collar, Apollo 11

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Summary
Following the July 24, 1969 splashdown of the Apollo 11 Command Module in the mid-Pacific ocean, about 13 nautical miles from the prime recovery ship, USS HORNET, a recovery helicopter dropped Navy swimmers into the water. The swimmer's first task was to stabilize the command module by attaching and inflating a custom-made flotation collar around the blunt end of the spacecraft. The next task was to attach a large, seven-man raft to the flotation collar into which the astronauts, after donning special "Biological Isolation Garments," exited from the Command Module. After further decontamination, the astronauts were flown by Navy Helicopter to the HORNET.
This collar attached to the "egress trainer" command module is the actual unit deployed during the recovery of Apollo 11. It was transferred from NASA to the Smithsonian in 1977.
Alternate Name
Apollo 11 Flotation Collar
National Air and Space Museum
Restrictions & Rights
Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum
Manufacturer
Naval Air Rework Facility
Credit Line
Transferred from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Johnson Space Center.
Materials
Overall: Rubber, stainless steel snaps, nylon webbing, rubber covered textile, steel cables, nylon rope
Dimensions
Deflated: 2ft 4in. width x 36ft length (71.12 x 1097.28cm)
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Location
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA
Exhibit Station
Human Spaceflight
Country of Origin
United States of America
Type
EQUIPMENT-Mission Support
Inventory Number
A19780202000