Cape Canaveral, Fla. Moonwalking astronauts will have sleeker, more flexible spacesuits that come in a variety of sizes when they step onto the lunar surface later this decade.
What exactly it looks like has remained under wraps. Axiom Space, the company designing the next generation of spacesuits, said Wednesday that it plans to bring new versions to NASA for training purposes later this summer.
According to the company, the moonsuits will be white like they were during NASA’s Apollo program more than half a century ago. This is so that they can reflect heat and keep future moon walkers cool.
According to the Houston-based company, the suit will offer greater flexibility and greater protection from the Moon’s harsh environment, and will come in a wide range of sizes.
NASA awarded Axiom Space a $228.5 million contract to provide the organization with the first Moon landing in more than 50 years. The space agency is aiming to land two astronauts on the Moon’s south pole at the end of 2025 at the earliest.
At Wednesday’s event in Houston, an Axiom employee donned a dark spacesuit, doing squats and twisting at the waist to demonstrate his flexibility. The company said that the final version will be different including the color.
“I didn’t want anyone to mix it up,” said Axiom’s Russell Ralston.