NASA has issued a “Request For Information (RFI)” from industry on designing the next generation of spacesuits that will be worn by the Artemis crew that will step foot on the surface of the Moon. A long-time goal of NASA to advance its spacesuit options, “NASA Exploration Extravehicular Activity (xEVA)” will be designed to provide astronauts with enhanced mobility to accomplish their exploration tasks on the lunar surface.
NASA’s current breed of EMU (Extravehicular Mobility Unit) is dedicated to EVAs outside of the ISS after also riding on Shuttle missions to cater for spacewalks relating to everything from servicing the Hubble Space Telescope to even an emergency repair to the orbiter’s Thermal Protection System (TPS).
When NASA was directed to retire the Shuttle, switching the focus to exploration missions, options included modifying the famous Space Shuttle launch and entry suit – or Advanced Crew Escape Suit (ACES) – for use not only during launch and re-entry for crews riding in Orion, but also for use on spacewalks (EVAs), such as during the since-canceled Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM).
Shuttle crews used ACES from 1994 through to the end of the program. However, it had a rich history ranging back to the ...