NASA chose Axiom Space for the Artemis III mission suits, suits that will be compatible with very different bodies. Space exploration is preparing to enter a new era.
The mission Artemis III will return Man to the Moon, two astronauts will carry out up to four outings to the surface of our natural satellite. The US space agency has today selected the company that will be responsible for designing the suits that Artemis astronauts will wear to explore the lunar landscape. This is Axiom Space who will have this delicate missionfor an order value of $228.5 million, minimum.
NASA chose Axiom Space for the Artemis III mission suits
Axiom is one of two companies that NASA had named as official partners for Artemis jumpsuits last June, the other being Collins Aerospace. For this order, the agency explains that it studied the proposals of the two companies and chose Axiom to design, develop, certify and produce the suits and equipment for the Extravehicular Activity Services (xEVAS) for Artemis III.
Axiom’s xEVAS will be designed from the combinations Exploration Extravehicular Mobility Unit (xEMU) that the agency designed for Artemis missions. They will adapt to many different crew member profiles and offer increased flexibility as well as specialized tools for exploration.
Combinations that will be compatible with very different bodies
The fact that Axiom designs suits for very different bodies is of particular importance as humanity prepares to explore the Moon and other more distant space destinations. If you remember, an exit in thespace totally feminine had to be canceled n 2019 due to the lack of suitable equipment, this had highlighted the need for design and availability of wetsuits in various sizes. Artemis III is to land the first woman on the surface of the Moon and Axiom has confirmed in its announcement that it will design an xEVAS suit for this female astronaut.
Space exploration is preparing to enter a new era
Michael Suffredini, President and CEO of Axiom Spacesaid:
Our modernized and upgradeable suits will allow rapid improvements to implement better and safer technologies over time, allowing our astronauts to always have robust and high performance equipment. We look forward to bringing these advanced tools to our space pioneers to aid the expansion of humanity.
Note that this command only affects the landing of Artemis III. The two companies will compete on other tenders, including for suits for recurrent landings and the development of suits for missions outside the ISS in low Earth orbit.