NASA high-tech spacesuits from Axiom Space for Artemis mission for walking on Moon

NASA will be sending astronauts to the Moon via its Artemis III mission. The research organisation has selected Axiom Space for the first Artemis Moonwalking Spacesuits. Check details here.

| Updated on: Sep 12 2022, 12:44 IST
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Axiom Space has been selected by NASA for first Artemis Moonwalking Spacesuits. (NASA)

NASA is gearing up to land Americans on the surface of the Moon for the first time in over 50 years with its Artemis III mission. But in order to send astronauts to outer space, the space organisation also needs spacesuits. As per the latest details, NASA has selected Axiom Space to deliver a moonwalking system for the Artemis III mission. "This award – the first one under a competitive spacesuits contract – is for a task order to develop a next generation Artemis spacesuit and supporting systems, and to demonstrate their use on the lunar surface during Artemis III," NASA said in a report.

With this award, NASA has put in place another cornerstone of returning astronauts to the Moon under Artemis to support continued scientific breakthroughs, benefiting humanity back on Earth. As part of its planned human lunar spaceflight missions, NASA will land the first woman and first person of color on the Moon. According to the information provided, after reviewing proposals from its two eligible spacesuit vendors, NASA selected Axiom Space for the task order, which has a base value of $228.5 million. A future task order will be competed for recurring spacesuit services to support subsequent Artemis missions.

Using more than 50 years of spacesuit expertise, NASA defined the technical and safety requirements for the next generation of spacesuits. Axiom Space will be responsible for the design, development, qualification, certification, and production of its spacesuits and support equipment that will meet these key agency requirements for Artemis III.

NASA experts will maintain the authority for astronaut training, mission planning, and approval of the service systems. Axiom Space will be required to test the suits in a spacelike environment before Artemis III.

"Under the indefinite delivery and indefinite quantity of the Exploration Extravehicular Activity Services contract, eligible industry partners compete for task orders that will provide a full suite of capabilities for NASA's spacewalking and moonwalking needs during the period of performance through 2034," NASA said.

Future task orders under the contract will consist of recurring lunar landings, the development of spacesuits for use in low-Earth orbit outside the International Space Station, and special studies. The agency is currently evaluating task order options for space station spacesuits.

The spacesuits contract, which will advance spacewalking capabilities in low-Earth orbit and on the Moon, is managed by the Extravehicular Activity and Human Surface Mobility Program (EHP) at the agency's Johnson Space Center in Houston.

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First Published Date: 12 Sep, 12:44 IST
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