Flagsuit LLC was founded in 2007 to commercialize technology developed for the winning entry in the 2007 NASA Astronaut Space Suit Glove Competition. Based in coastal Maine, the company is focused on streamlining the production of "Made o Fit" elements for suborbital and future planetary space suits. Our capabilities include the design, rapid development and manufacture of "articulating inflatable" structures.
Peter K. Homer is the developer of an innovative new space suit glove design that is strong, easy on the hands, and gives the operator a higher degree of dexterity. Working alone at his dining room table, Peter designed and then manufactured the best performing glove within competition parameters, winning NASA's 2007 Astronaut Glove Challenge.
In 2009, the company developed the gloves and protective Thermal Micrometeroid Garments (TMGs) that won the second NASA Centennial Challenge. These gloves incorporated many second generation innovations that increasde hand dexterity while decreasing glove stiffnes (effort) by a factor of two over prior designs. Flagsuit's winning gloves were more than twice as flexible as the NASA Phase VI glove in finger and wrist bending torque tests.
In addition to expanding the range of applications for pressure-capable gloves, the company is applying our flexible joint technology to the larger joints of a full-body pressure suit. Soft Shoulder concepts were built for the NASA CRAVE program in 2009, again achieving a two-fold increase in flexibility with greater comfort than comparable designs. Recently, Flagsuit developed prototype gloves and arms for use in a full vacuum (15 psi) glove box.
Peter's career in aerospace spans over two decades, most recently developing commercial communications satellites for Lockheed-Martin Space Systems (formerly GE Astro Space) where he led configuration and design of the A2100 spacecraft bus structure which exceeded goals of 50% weight reduction, 50% cost reduction, and 50% cycle time reduction. The A2100 platform now accounts for 38+ satellites and hundreds of years of successful on-orbit operations. Peter also worked at Grumman Aerospace in their Space Systems Division and Product Development Center (aka “skunk” works), collaborating on satellite thermal control subsystems, launch configurations, payload integration, and structural subsystems for commercial and military satellites. He has ten issued patents related to space structures, thermal control and deployables. Peter's experience includes Systems Engineering and Engineering Management for trail blazing software companies SDRC, Netscape, AOL and Sun Microsystems, and organizational leadership in the nonprofit world. Peter has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, an M.S. in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering-Advanced Composite Structures from Stanford University, and feels there is still much more to learn.
Peter was an invited speaker at the NASA Masters Forum in Phoenix, a contributor to ASK Magazine, and has presented his innovative glove at NextFest in Los Angeles and the World Space Expo at Kennedy Space Center. He is currently working with Island Astronomy Institute to bring "hands on" science and engineering learning opportunities to elementary school children, and with NASA Academy to bring educational outreach to grown up engineers and program/project managers.
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