NASA presented the new spacesuits, ordered from Axiom Space, with which its Artemis III mission astronauts will venture to the surface of the Moon’s south pole.
Called the Axiom Extravehicular Mobility Unit, or AxEMU, the spacesuit is based on NASA’s spacesuit prototype developments and incorporates the latest technology, enhanced mobility and added protection from the hazards on the Moon.
The AxEMU features the range of motion and flexibility needed to further explore the lunar landscape, and the suit will accommodate a wide range of crew members, accommodating at least 90 percent of the US male and female population. .UU, explained those responsible for the program during their presentation at the Houston Space Center. The first woman to set foot on the Moon will wear one of these costumes on Artemis III.
NASA laid the foundation for AxEMU with the agency’s Exploration Extravehicular Mobility Unit (xEMU) prototype development efforts that advanced multi-destination spacesuit designs. Axiom Space used the experience, insights, and data behind the xEMU as the foundation for the design and development of the AxEMU, including advances in technology, training, astronaut feedback on comfort and maneuverability, and compatibility with other NASA systems.
NASA experts defined the safety and technical standards to which the spacesuits will be manufactured, and Axiom Space has agreed to meet these key agency requirements.
IT WILL BE TESTED IN SPACE BEFORE THE MISSION
Axiom Space is responsible for the design, development, qualification, certification, and production of flight training spacesuits and support equipment, including tools, to enable the Artemis III mission. The company will test the suit in a space-like environment prior to the mission. NASA maintains authority for astronaut training, mission planning, and service system approval.