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Parker, Otis Jerome, 1918-1995


Biographical Note

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.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Otis Jerome Parker Papers

Identifier: Ms-1987-065

This collection includes the 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.

Dates: 1963 - 1975