NASA Taps Axiom Space for First Artemis Moonwalking Spacesuits
NASA has selected Axiom Space to deliver a moonwalking system for the Artemis III mission, which will land Americans on the surface of the Moon for the first time in over 50 years. This award — the first one under a competitive spacesuits contract – is for a task order to develop a next-generation Artemis spacesuit and supporting systems and to demonstrate their use on the lunar surface during Artemis III.
After reviewing proposals from its two eligible spacesuit vendors, NASA selected Axiom Space for the task order, with a base value of $228.5 million. A future task order will be competed for recurring spacesuit services to support subsequent Artemis missions.
Using more than 50 years of spacesuit expertise, NASA defined the technical and safety requirements for the next generation of spacesuits. Axiom Space will be responsible for the design, development, qualification, certification, and production of its spacesuits and support equipment that will meet these key agency requirements for Artemis III.
NASA experts will maintain the authority for astronaut training, mission planning, and approval of the service systems. Axiom Space will be required to test the suits in a spacelike environment before Artemis III.
The spacesuits contract, which will advance spacewalking capabilities in low-Earth orbit and on the Moon, is managed by the Extravehicular Activity (EVA) and Human Surface Mobility (HSM) Program (EHP) at the agency’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.
Learn more about spacewalking at https://nasa.gov/suitup.