NASA will send the first astronauts to perform research near the lunar South Pole. And Axiom Space will provide the spacesuits they’ll wear. When the company was chosen to develop the modern suits for the Artemis III mission, NASA participated in activities. The first prototype was shown on Wednesday during a ceremony at Space Center Houston in Texas.
Spacesuit Unveiled by NASA
Axiom Space planned the event so that students and journalists could ask questions. And receive a close-up view of the spacesuit. Furthering the organization’s goal to work with commercial service providers to establish a thriving economy on the Moon.
The cooperation between NASA and Axiom is essential to the Moon mission and maintaining American dominance in space. In addition to enabling the first woman to set foot on the Moon. Axiom’s next-generation spacesuits will also provide more people than ever with the chance to explore. And conduct research on the Moon, according to NASA Administrator Bill Nelson. By partnering with NASA, the commercial space industry will be better positioned to compete and win in the 21st century. Our cooperation represents an investment in America, a support for America’s jobs, and further evidence of America’s technical prowess.
Selection of Spacesuit
In order to further long-term lunar exploration and scientific discovery and to motivate the Artemis Generation. Artemis III will send humans, including the first female, to the Moon. NASA selected Axiom Space to supply the project’s spacesuit and moonwalking gear. Dubbed the Axiom Extravehicular Mobility Unit, or AxEMU, the spacesuit builds on NASA’s spacesuit prototype advances and integrates the newest technology, better mobility, and added protection from threats on the Moon.
NASA decided to employ Axiom Space to carry out moonwalks as part of a commercial services agreement in order to construct the new spacesuit. This tactic encourages the company to pursue more commercial customers who could use its moonwalking services. This win-win strategy supports a developing commercial industry. It gives NASA the right to exploit the information and technology created as part of the contract for further exploration projects.
Lara Kearney, manager of NASA’s Extravehicular Activity and Human Surface Movement program, claims that by combining commercial skills with NASA’s know-how to offer moonwalking services as securely, effectively, and efficiently as possible. NASA is paving the way for a developing space economy.
The AxEMU was built on the foundation of NASA’s Exploration Extravehicular Mobility Unit (xEMU) prototype study, which broadened spacesuit designs for multiple destinations. Axiom Space drew on the expertise, information, and data underpinning the xEMU during the design and development of the AxEMU, including technological advancements, training, astronaut feedback on comfort and maneuverability, and interface with other NASA tools. Axiom Space is utilizing NASA’s prior development efforts to reduce technical and scheduling concerns.
Agreement by Axiom Space
As NASA experts detailed the technical and safety criteria under which the spacesuits will be built. Axiom Space agreed to abide by these crucial NASA requirements. More of the lunar surface can be explored with the AxEMU’s flexibility and range of motion. And the suit will fit a variety of crew members, including at least 90% of men and women in the US. Axiom Space will keep implementing state-of-the-art technology advancements in avionics, pressure suits, and life support systems as development moves forward.
Axiom Space conceived, developed, qualified, certified, and produced the flight training spacesuits and related equipment for the Artemis III mission. Before the journey, the corporation will test the suit in an environment similar to space. NASA continues to have the authority to make decisions about mission planning, astronaut training, and service system approval. After Artemis III, the agency will put out a tender for future Artemis mission services under the Exploration Extravehicular Activity Services (xEVAS) contract. The agency recently issued a task order to Collins Aerospace. Another bidder for the xEVAS contract was to develop new spacesuits for astronauts to use during spacewalks on the space station. Both suppliers will compete for future task orders for spacewalking and moonwalking services.
Via Artemis, the first woman and the first person of color will set foot on the Moon. Paving the way for a long-term, sustainable lunar presence that will allow for more lunar surface exploration and aid NASA in preparing for manned missions to Mars in the future.
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