Nasa selects two private companies for developing Moon spacesuits

Nasa selects two private companies for developing Moon spacesuits

Nasa has selected two private US-based companies -- Axiom Space and Collins Aerospace -- to develop next generation spacesuit and spacewalk systems to work outside the International Space Station,

, explore the lunar surface on Artemis missions, and prepare for human missions to Mars.

The companies received access to a contract worth up to a total of $3.5 billion to supply spacesuits for future Nasa missions through 2034, agency officials announced in a statement.

"With these awards, Nasa and our partners will develop advanced, reliable spacesuits that allow humans to explore the cosmos unlike ever before," said Vanessa Wyche, director of Nasa's Johnson Space Center

The first task orders to be completed under the contract will include the development and services for the first demonstration outside the space station in low-Earth orbit and for the Artemis III lunar landing.

The companies will be responsible for design, development, qualification, certification, and production of spacesuits and support equipment to enable space station and Artemis missions.