Axiom Space unveils spacesuits for NASA’s Artemis lunar missions

  • Axiom Space on Wednesday unveiled a prototype of the lunar spacesuit that NASA plans to use on the Artemis missions to the moon.
  • “We are thrilled that humanity’s next steps will be on the Moon in an Axiom spacesuit,” said Michael Suffredini, Axiom President and CEO, during an event at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.
  • The company won an initial $228.5 million contract last year to design and build the spacesuits.

Chief Engineer Jim Stein wears the new spacesuit during the Axiom Space Artemis III Lunar Spacesuit event at Space Center Houston in Houston, Texas, on March 15, 2023. ‚ÄúSince a spacesuit worn on the moon has to be white to reflect heat and protect astronauts from “Extremely high temperatures, the jacket coat is currently used for display purposes only to disguise the design of the suits,” Accion said in a press release.

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Axiom Space on Wednesday revealed a prototype of the lunar spacesuit that NASA plans to use for astronauts during the Artemis missions, and which is scheduled to launch later this decade.

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

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

The company won an initial $228.5 million contract last year to design and build the spacesuits, which are slated to be used on the Artemis III mission and beyond. NASA’s Artemis program represents a series of missions with progressive goals. The agency successfully completed its first uncrewed flight in December.

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In addition to Axiom, NASA has also awarded a contract to Collins Aerospace, a subsidiary of Raytheon, to build next-generation spacesuits. Under the Extravehicular Exploration Services program, NASA expects to save up to $3.5 billion for space suits through 2034.

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