Otis Jerome Parker Papers
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.
- 1963 - 1975
- Parker, Otis Jerome, 1918-1995 (Person)
Language of Materials
The materials in the collection are in English.
Conditions Governing Access
The collection is open to research.
Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use
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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.
0.2 Cubic Feet (1 box)
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.
The collection is arranged by document type, then chronologically.
Source of Acquisition
The Otis Jerome Parker Papers were donated to the Special Collections and University Archives in 1987.
Rights Statement for Archival Description
The guide to the Otis Jerome Parker Papers by Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, is licensed under a CC0 (https://creativecommons.org/share-your-work/public-domain/cc0/).
The processing, arrangement and description of the Otis Jerome Parker Papers were completed in May 2005.
- Otis Jerome Parker Papers, 1963-1975
- Special Collections and University Archives Staff
- 2005 (CC0 1.0)
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