The US aerospace company Axiom Space is to produce the space suits with which people are to move on the moon again for the first time in Artemis-3. NASA has now announced that the US space agency is paying 228.5 million US dollars (around 229 million euros) for this. Axiom Space thus prevailed against its competitor Collins Aerospace in the particularly prestigious first partial order of a significantly more extensive program for the development of new space suits. For NASA, the decision is another “cornerstone” on the road to the manned return to the moon.
The first of several partial orders
NASA decided in June that Axiom Space and Collins Aerospace should develop the next generation of space suits for missions in Earth orbit and on the moon. They will be paid from a program with a total budget of 3.5 billion US dollars (3.3 billion euros) until 2034. The money flows into several partial orders from NASA, for which the two companies are competing. The first decision is now a stage win for Axiom Space, the company logo will be emblazoned on the suit of the first woman to walk on the moon. Axiom boss Michael Suffredini says they are honored to have received the order from the US space agency.
Artemis-3 is currently planned for 2025, but that should not be possible. It’s the Artemis program mission where NASA actually wants to go back to the moon. Actually, the Artemis-1 mission should have given the go-ahead, but so far the giant SLS rocket has not taken off. It is still unclear when the next attempt for the flight should be made. The Orion space capsule, which will then still be unmanned, is to be shot to the moon. On Artemis-2 people should then fly around the moon. After another unmanned test of the lunar module, Artemis-3 follows. However, there are doubts about the timetable and in the current announcement neither Axiom Space nor NASA mention a date.
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