In preparation for NASA’s Artemis III mission in 2025, Axiom Space, a new player in the space industry, has debuted a prototype for an advanced lunar spacesuit. The new suits, designed to support astronauts’ life-support needs, radiation protection, and mobility in the Moon’s gravity, have been fashioned by veterans from NASA and even a lead textile designer from the Marvel film industry. The suits demonstrate significant advancements over the Apollo mission suits, using modern materials and improved design features for comfort, sizing adjustments, and enhanced mobility.
- The new lunar spacesuits were developed by Axiom Space, a company founded in 2016 that already conducted the first private astronaut mission and plans to build the first commercial space station.
- Axiom’s spacesuit design team includes former NASA professionals and notable figures from other industries, such as Esther Marquis, a lead textile designer for Marvel movies.
- The new lunar spacesuits will be less bulky and more mobile than previous designs, integrating advanced composites and other materials for structural strength, sizing adjustments, and comfort.
- Axiom’s team has redesigned significant components of the suit, reducing its weight by 20 lbs (9kg) and enhancing its mobility. The helmet is designed with an extended view below the horizon to suit lunar activities involving many looking down.
- The final spacesuit design must pass tests in a space-like environment to ensure it withstands extreme lunar conditions, including dust infiltration and extreme temperature fluctuations. The final verification of the suit’s effectiveness will occur on the Moon.