NASA has recently been under fire for sticking to traditional cost-plus contracts for the building of the Space Launch System (SLS) that will launch the Artemis missions to the moon. The agency has gone wildly over budget building its non-reusable rocket, while the likes of SpaceX are creating pioneering reusable technologies.
The ‘next-generation spacesuit’
NASA and Axiom Space have revealed very little about the new suit, with the latter only teasing it in an image that shows the helmet and the upper torso, with both partially obscured in shadow. In a press statement, Axiom Space explained its suit is based on NASA’s reference design called xEMU, and it incorporates “increased flexibility and specialized tools” for lunar exploration.
“Our team at Axiom Space is honored to be awarded this first task order to build the next-generation spacesuit,” Michael Suffredini, president and chief executive of Axiom Space, said in a statement. “Our modernized, evolvable spacesuits will enable rapid upgrades to implement better, safer technologies over time, ensuring our astronauts are always equipped with high performing, robust equipment.”