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Reach Aid

The reach aid, sometimes known as the ''swizzle stick,'' is a short adjustable bar with a multipurpose end effector that is used to actuate controls that are out of the reach of seated crew members. The reach aid is used to push in and pull out circuit breakers and move toggle switches. It may be used during any phase of flight, but is not recommended for use during ascent because of the attenuation and switch-cuing difficulties resulting from acceleration forces.

Operation of the reach aid consists of extending it and actuating controls with the end effector. To extend the reach aid, one depresses the spring-loaded extension tab and pulls the end effector out to the desired length.

Curator: Kim Dismukes | Responsible NASA Official: John Ira Petty | Updated: 04/07/2002
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