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NASA and Cicoil Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 9 Space Mission

NASA and Cicoil Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 9 Space Mission

Valencia, CA; March 8, 2019:  On March 13, 2019, The National Aeronautics Space Agency will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the successful completion of the Apollo 9 Space Flight Mission.  Ironically, Cicoil, the innovator of the Bio-Harnesses worn by the Apollo 9 Astronauts will be celebrating as well. 

The mission demonstrated complete module docking and extraction, which helped prove that the Apollo was fully capable of landing on the Moon and then could successfully return back to Earth.  Apollo 9 Commander Jim McDivitt, Command Module Pilot David Scott and Lunar Module Pilot Rusty Schweickart spent ten days in low Earth Orbit testing several aspects critical to landing on the Moon (Apollo 11), including the Lunar Module engines, backpack life support systems, navigation systems, life-critical Bio-Harnesses and docking maneuvers.

Cicoil’s 26 inch long, zero gravity “Bio-Harnesses” were worn underneath the Intra-Vehicular Constant Wear Garments for all 3 Astronauts while inside the Apollo 9 Spacecraft, and under the extra-vehicular (EV) pressure suit during the Spacewalk activities of Astronauts Scott and Schweickart. The Cicoil assembly enabled continuous monitoring of the vital signs, such as blood pressure, respiration, body temperature and pulse rate for each astronaut during flight, orbit, spacewalk and the “First Step” Moon Landing operations.

Cicoil’s Space Flight approved Biomedical Instrumentation and Telemetry Harnesses were chosen over other design options for their unique ability to separately encase shielded signal pairs to eliminate electronic interference; provide uninterrupted signal integrity during the harsh rigors of Space Flight; exceptional performance when exposed to temperature extremes (-65°C to +260°C); resistance to UV Light, radiation and vibration; high efficiency in dissipating heat between inner cable components; highly flexible and lightweight materials; and high reliability in mission critical applications.   

Cicoil’s Biomedical Harness was the only tested harness design which met IVA (Intravehicular Activity) and EVA (Extravehicular Activity) needs during all phases of the Apollo Space Mission.  The flawless operational performance of Cicoil’s Bio-Harness designs were, in NASA’s words, “Vital to the successful achievement” of these history-making flights.

Cicoil’s Flat Cable Harnesses were also “There” for Alan Shepherd to become the First American to Travel in Space – 1961, to help Astronaut John Glenn (Mercury-Atlas 6 - 1962) to become the first American to orbit the Earth, Edward White (Gemini 4 - 1965) to be the First American to Walk in Space, Neil Armstrong (Apollo 11 - 1969) to take his historical “First Step” on the Surface of the Moon and Buzz Aldrin (Apollo 11) to take his infamous Second Walk on the Moon.

In addition to every Apollo Space Flight, Cicoil has manufactured Space Flight Approved cable assemblies for the Mercury and Gemini Space missions, Skylab, Mercury Voyager, The Space Shuttle; and today are utilized on Space Transport Rockets, Probes, Satellites and The International Space Station.

For an Out of This World Experience, be sure to check out the Cicoil Bio-Harnesses worn on the Apollo 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 14, 15 and 17 missions at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC. http://collections.si.edu/search/results.htm?q=cicoil&sType=%22phrase%22

If you would like to learn how Cicoil developed the First IDC Ribbon Cable, helped put a Man on the Moon, and find out more about our Innovative Flat Cable Technology, please contact our office at 661-295-1295 to discuss your application or to set up an on-site visit to your location.

Cicoil has been a leader in designing and manufacturing high performance cable assemblies for over sixty years. The company's Patented Flexx-Sil™ Flat Cable Technology provides high flexibility, extremely long life, and they can withstand temperature extremes from -65 degrees to +260 degrees Celsius. Cicoil's flat cables are used in thousands of demanding applications; including aircraft fuel control cells, semiconductor automation, and the Space Shuttle. Cicoil designs and manufactures its Flexx-Sil™ jacketed cables and cable assemblies in an automated facility in Valencia, California. Cicoil's quality assurance system is certified to the ISO 9001 (AS9100) standard. Visit www.cicoil.com for more information, or call 661-295-1295 to speak to an application engineer.

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