The eyes of the world will not only be on the next mark left by future NASA astronauts that they will return to step on the Moon in 2025 with the mission Artemis III.
They will also pose in their new space suits, after the announcement recently made by the Italian luxury group Prada that, together with the startup Axiom Space, will seek to design the clothing of the next moonwalkers.
“Prada engineers will work with the Axiom Space systems team throughout the design process, developing material solutions and design features to protect astronauts against the space and lunar environment challenge“they said in a joint statement.
This is the first innovative partnership between an Italian luxury fashion house and a commercial space company. As the first manned moon landing since Apollo 17 in December 1972, this Artemis III mission, scheduled for the end of 2025will also be the first to place a woman on the Moon.
“We are delighted to partner with Prada on the Axiom Extravehicular Mobility Unit (AxEMU) spacesuit. Prada’s technical expertise with raw materials, manufacturing techniques and innovative design concepts will provide advanced technologies that will be instrumental in ensuring not only the comfort of astronauts on the lunar surface, but also the much-needed human factors considerations absent in the suits. inherited space,” said Michael Suffredini CEO of Axiom Space.
“Prada’s constantly progressive spirit for humanity has expanded to its desire for adventure and to face new horizons: space,” he said. Lorenzo Bertelli, marketing director of the Prada Group.
“We are honored to be part of this historical mission with Axiom Space. Our decades of experimentation, cutting-edge technology and design know-how, which began in the ’90s with Luna Rossa competing for the America Cup, They will now be applied to the design of a space suit for the Artemis era. “It is a true celebration of the power of human creativity and innovation to advance civilization,” he added.
The AxEMU spacesuit will provide astronauts advanced capabilities for space exploration, while providing NASA with the commercially developed human systems needed to access, live and work on and around the Moon.
“Axiom Space spacesuits, evolving NASA’s Exploration Extravehicular Mobility Unit (xEMU) spacesuit design, are created to provide greater flexibility, greater protection to resist the hostile environment and specialized tools for exploration and scientific opportunities. Using innovative technologies and designs, These spacesuits will allow for greater exploration of the lunar surface than ever before”, they maintained from Axiom Space. And they completed: “The development of these next-generation spacesuits is an important milestone to promote space exploration and enable a deeper understanding of the Moon, the Solar System and beyond.”
On November 16, 2022, NASA launched the Artemis I mission, inaugurating a new era of space exploration. space deep.
It was the takeoff of most powerful rocket in history to reach space (SpaceX’s Starship failed in 2023)and managed to complete an unmanned mission of 26 days in which it was able to carry out an extended orbit of our natural satellite.
“Artemis 1 liftoff! We rise together, back to the Moon and beyond,” NASA commentator Derrol Nail said during that morning’s launch broadcast.
NASA’s lunar plan will continue next year, when in November 2024 the Artemis II manned mission will take four astronauts to orbit the Moon, without making a descent.
American astronauts Christina Koch, Victor Glover and Reid Wiseman and the Canadian Jeremy Hansen They were chosen last April to get on board the powerful rocket Space Launch System (SLS) o NASA’s Space Launch System and make a 10-day trip.
“Artemis is the first step in the next era of human exploration. “Together with commercial and international partners, NASA will establish a sustainable presence on the Moon to prepare for missions to Mars,” the US space agency indicated.
“We already tested the rocket and the spacecraft. That was a 26-day mission last November and it passed all the tests. It was so good that we added additional tests over the course of the flight. And now we are going to put a human crew. It will be the first time we return to the Moon in half a century“, said to Infobae the administrator of NASA, Bill Nelsonat a press conference during his time in Buenos Aires.
More than 50 years have passed since the Apollo program that took man to the Moon, and with the launch of Artemis I last year, NASA continues to accumulate knowledge for redepositing humans to the selenite surface. What’s more, the Artemis program plans to send the first woman and the first African-American in history there.
“Artemis is also a step towards a slightly longer-term goal, which is to reach Mars.. In the future, when it goes to Mars, the crew will have to make its atmospheric entry to Mars using technologies that we are going to test in the Artemis program. And indeed atmospheric re-entry on Mars is a great problem at a technical level that still exists and in which there are other groups investigating. In this Artemis I mission for example, we are going to test the one-of-a-kind heat shield. Because the capsule, the Artemis command module, of the Orion ship, is designed to house 4 astronauts and that makes its dimensions larger,” he explained to Infobae the engineer Eduardo García Llama, chief engineering flight operator for guidance and control of NASA’s Artemis mission at the Johnson Space Center, located in Houston, Texas, United States.
The new generation of spacesuits will need the technologies and capabilities that NASA incorporated into this spacesuit to be able to perform extravehicular walks (EVA), for its acronym in English) in deep space, on the lunar surface and, finally, on the surface of Mars.
The new suits will be tighter, lighter and, according to NASA; They will accommodate “at least 90% of the male and female population.” They will also arrive with advances in life support systems, pressure systems and so on.