NASA has selected Collins Aerospace to develop a next-generation spacesuit for the International Space Station, replacing aging suits that have become a safety concern.
NASA awarded a $228.5 million task order to Axiom Space to develop a spacesuit to be used on the first Artemis landing mission, although the design of the suit remains under wraps.
The two companies NASA selected earlier this month to develop spacesuits for the International Space Station and Artemis lunar missions were the only companies to bid on the project, according to agency procurement documents.
NASA awarded contracts to Axiom Space and Collins Aerospace to provide spacesuits for International Space Station spacewalks and Artemis moonwalks, although neither the agency nor the winning companies offered many technical or financial details.
Collins Aerospace said Aug. 23 it had been awarded a $2.6 million contract by an undisclosed customer to provide life support systems for a planned “privately owned and operated low Earth orbit outpost.”
BAE Systems announced on Feb. 17 that it won a $247 million contract to design and manufacture advanced GPS receivers.
BAE Systems officials called the acquisitions “unique opportunities” to grow its military radio and GPS businesses.
Just as we have built on the foundation provided by the Apollo astronauts, the next generation will build on our achievements, and future generations on theirs.