NASA Unveils Next-Gen Spacesuit for Artemis III's Moon Surface Mission

NASA Unveils Next-Gen Spacesuit for Artemis III's Moon Surface Mission ...

Axiom Space is credited with a photo.

Moonwalkers will wear Axiom Space spacesuits when NASA sends the first astronauts to explore near the lunar South Pole. When the first prototype was revealed Wednesday at a space center in Texas, it was revealed.

Axiom Space hosted a gathering for students and the media to see the spacesuit in action.

The AxEMU spacesuit prototype, designed by Artemis III, will likely be all-white when worn by NASA astronauts on the Moon's surface, to keep them safe and cool while working in space. Credit: Axiom Space

"NASA's cooperation with Axiom is critical to obtaining astronauts on the Moon and continuing American leadership in space." According to NASA Administrator Bill Nelson, "Our partnership is investing in America, supporting America's workers, and demonstrating another example of America's technical ability to compete and win in the 21st century."

As part of NASA's Artemis III mission, astronauts will be wearing Axiom Space's next-generation spacesuit to walk on the lunar surface. Credit: Axiom Space

NASA selected Axiom Space to deliver the moonwalking equipment, including the spacesuit, for the mission. The Axiom Extravehicular Mobility Unit, or AxEMU, is a hybrid of NASA's spacesuit prototypes and provides enhanced mobility and enhanced protection from hazards at the Moon.

NASA opted to pursue other commercial customers for their moonwalking services under a commercial services contract. This reciprocal approach helps build a new commercial market and allows NASA to use data and technologies developed under the contract for future exploration efforts.

Axiom Space is the creditor for this video.

"NASA is leading the way in enabling a growing space economy by leveraging industry capabilities and NASA's expertise to provide moonwalking services as safely, effectively, and efficiently as possible," according to Lara Kearney, the director of NASA's Extravehicular Activity and Human Surface Mobility program.

With NASA's Exploration Extravehicular Mobility Unit (xEMU) prototype development efforts, Axiom Space leveraged the xEMU's expertise, training, and capabilities to optimize the AxEMU's performance and schedule.

Axiom Space is crediting the program.

As development continues, NASA experts determined the technical and safety standards required for the spacesuits to be built. Axiom Space has agreed to comply with these key agency requirements.

Axiom Space is responsible for the design, development, certification, and manufacture of flight training spacesuits, including tools, for the Artemis III mission. The company will test the suit in a spacelike environment prior to the mission.

Axiom Space is the credit provider for this video.

Under the Exploration Extravehicular Activity Services (xEVAS) contract, the agency will compete for future Artemis mission services for the Moon and the International Space Station. Collins Aerospace was recently awarded a task order to develop new spacesuits for astronauts to wear during spacewalks on the space station.

NASA will land the first woman and the first person of color on the Moon through Artemis, paving the way for a long-term, long-term, sustainable lunar presence to explore more of the lunar surface than ever before and prepare for future astronaut missions to Mars.

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