A Guide to the Otis Jerome Parker Papers 1963-1975 Parker, Otis Jerome Ms1987-065

A Guide to the Otis Jerome Parker Papers 1963-1975

A Collection in
the Special Collections
Collection Number Ms1987-065


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Processed by: John M. Jackson, Special Collections Staff

Repository
Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.
Accession number
Ms1987-065
Title
Otis Jerome Parker Papers 1963-1975
Physical Characteristics
1 container; 0.2 cu. ft.
Language
English
Abstract
Technical publications and internal communications from NASA's Langley Research Center, largely relating to Parker's work on "jet shoes" and other devices designed for extravehicular activity propulsion and maneuverability during the Apollo and Skylab projects.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open to research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from the Otis Jerome Parker Papers must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Preferred Citation

Otis Jerome Parker Papers, Ms1987-065 - Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.

Acquisition Information

The Otis Jerome Parker Papers were donated to the Special Collections in 1987.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement and description of the Otis Jerome Parker Papers commenced and was completed in May 2005.


Biographical/Historical Information

Otis Jerome Parker (1918-1995), an aerospace engineer, was employed by NASA's Langley Research Center during the 1960s and 1970s. He worked in the Flight Vehicles and Systems Division during the Gemini program and was named assistant manager of Langley's Apollo Applications Program Experiments Systems in 1969. In 1971, he was assigned the same position in the Skylab program. Parker was largely involved with the design and development of "jet shoes" and other devices intended to provide maneuverability during astronauts' extravehicular activity in spaceflight. During his work at NASA, Parker was granted patents as inventor or co-inventor of a despin weight release mechanism, a spacecraft separation system, an ullage compensator and a flared tube strainer.

Scope and Content

This collection contains the papers of Otis Jerome Parker, an aerospace engineer employed at NASA's Langley Research Center during the Gemini, Apollo and Skylab projects. The collection consists largely of a few NASA publications regarding the design and development of "jet shoes" and other devices intended to provide propulsion and maneuverability during extravehicular activity (EVA) in spaceflight. The collection also includes Langley inter-office communications regarding Parker and the projects on which he worked, as well as a small set of photographs of Parker and EVA propulsion devices. With the exception of one photograph, this collection consists of photocopied materials.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged by document type, then chronologically.


Index Terms

    Subjects:

  • Archives of American Aerospace Exploration (AAAE)
  • Inventors
  • Science and Technology

Contents List

"A Simple Solar Orientation Control System for Space Vehicles" (NASA Technical Note D-1271) by Seymour Salmirs, S. Lawrence Kessler, and Otis J. Parker Sep 1962
Box-folder: 1-1
"Flight Investigation of a Solar Orientation Control System for Spacecraft" (NASA Technical Memorandum NASA TM X-944) by Anthony Fontana, Julia D. Maynard, Marcus L. Brumfield and Otis J. Parker Jan 1964
Box-folder: 1-2
"Program Management Report: Apollo Applications Programs" (T008 - Electrolysis Cell; T009 - Primates--Long Duration in Zero G; T013 - Vehicle Disturbances; T020 - Jet Shoes) Mar 24 1967
Box-folder: 1-3
"An Outline of the Proposed 'Jet Shoes' Experiment in Extravehicular Activity for the Apollo Applications Program" by John D. Bird, Otis J. Parker and David F. Thomas Jr. Apr 10 1967
Box-folder: 1-4
"Jet Shoes - An Extravehicular Space Locomotion Device" (NASA Technical Note NASA TN D-3809) by David F. Thomas, Jr.; John D. Bird, and Richard F. Hellbaum Apr 1967
Box-folder: 1-5
Inter-office communications 1963-1975
Box-folder: 1-6
Photographs 1967-1971
Box-folder: 1-7