NASA unveils new spacesuit to be worn by astronauts on the moon
(ORDO NEWS) — NASA and Axiom Space Inc. presented the first review of the new spacesuits that astronauts will wear on the Moon.
The Axiom Extravehicular Mobility Unit (AxEMU) spacesuit, which will be used by astronauts on the Artemis missions, was only partially shown at an event at the Johnson Space Center in Houston in order to keep confidential information about the suit from being released.
“Because the suit worn on the Moon is required to be white to reflect heat and protect astronauts from extreme heat,” Axiom Space said in a press release.
“The protective layer is currently only used for display purposes to hide the suit’s signature design.”
One of the shows, however, was the improved functionality, performance, and capabilities of the new spacesuit compared to the Apollo suits and even the current spacesuits worn by astronauts on the ISS.
“We haven’t had a new suit in 40 years, since the suits were designed for the Space Shuttle program,” Vanessa Wyche, director of NASA’s Johnson Space Center, said.
“Axiom Space took data and research provided by NASA and developed a more functional suit.
We will continue to work with them to make sure we have a safe suit.”
Demonstrating the development, Axiom engineer Jim Stein donned a prototype of the new space suit, walked, squatted, lunged, kneeled and more, and demonstrated how flexible the arms provided the new suit.
“This represents a huge improvement over the Apollo suits,” said Russell Ralston, deputy program manager for extravehicular activities at Axiom Space.
“The Artemis astronauts will be more comfortable and have easier maneuverability, like being able to easily reach rocks.”
NASA said the spacesuit is based on the agency’s prototype spacesuit designs and includes the latest technology, increased mobility, and additional protection from hazards on the Moon.
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