Axiom Space offers spacesuits for NASA’s Artemis lunar missions

Chief Engineer Jim Stein dons a new spacesuit during the Axiom Space Artemis III Lunar Spacesuit event on March 15, 2023 at the Houston Space Center in Houston, Texas. “This is because the spacesuit worn on the Moon must be white to reflect heat and protect the astronauts from harmful effects. At extreme high temperatures, the covering layer is currently only used to hide the individual design of the suits,” Axion said in a press release.

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On Wednesday, Axiom Space unveiled a prototype lunar suit that NASA plans to use for its astronauts during the Artemis mission, which will launch later this decade.

“This is a big deal for us,” Axiom President and CEO Michael Suffredini said during an event at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.

“We are excited that humanity’s next steps on the Moon will be in the Axiom spacesuit,” added Suffredini.

The company won an initial $228.5 million contract last year to design and build the spacesuits planned for use on the Artemida III mission and beyond. NASA’s Artemis program offers a series of missions with increasing objectives. The agency successfully completed its first unmanned flight in December.

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In addition to Axiom, NASA also contracted a subsidiary of Collins Aerospace. Raytheon, to create next-generation spacesuits. Under the Exploration Extravehicular Activity Services program, NASA expects to allocate up to $3.5 billion for the spacesuit through 2034.

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