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Hello and welcome back to Max Q. In this edition:

  • New themes for astronauts
  • The latest addition to the Ursa Major rocket engine lineup.
  • News from Blue Origin and more
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NASA turns to private business for next-generation space suits

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Say goodbye to stuffy, clunky spacesuits from 40 years ago. Keeping pace with a broader trend of turning to the private space services sector, NASA announced last Wednesday that it has awarded a contract to Axiom Space and Collins Aerospace to provide next-generation space suits and EVA systems for astronauts operating outside the International Space Station. . The total value of the contracts is $3.5 billion.

Notably, both companies will own the suits, and “they are encouraged to explore other non-NASA commercial applications for the data and technologies they are developing with NASA,” the agency said in a statement. This is in line with NASA positioning itself as one of many customers in a new, growing market for space products and capabilities.

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If all goes according to plan, the new suits will be used by astronauts as part of the Artemis program, the agency’s ambitious series of planned missions to return humans to the Moon for the first time since Apollo. NASA has been trying for years… and failure – to update spacesuits for astronauts and suits for spacewalks, so that the appeal to private business is not entirely unexpected.

“These suits will go down in history,” Vanessa Wych, director of NASA’s Johnson Space Center, said during a media briefing, referring to the agency’s intention to send the first person of color and the first woman to the moon as part of the Artemis program.

Artistic rendering of astronauts in new generation space suits. Image Credits: NASA (Opens in a new window)

More news from TC and more

  • Asters Rocket LV0010 arrived at cosmodrome 46 at Cape Canaveral, ahead of the first of three missions the company will launch on behalf of a NASA customer later this month.
  • Blue Origin on Wednesday launched the fifth manned mission of the New Shepard rocket, sending a crew of six space tourists into suborbital space. The mission had previously been delayed due to problems with one of the missile’s backup systems.
  • Elon Musk told SpaceX and Tesla employees they needed to spend at least 40 hours a week in the office to continue working at his respective companies. Goodbye, VFH!
  • Federal Aviation Administration delayed environmental review SpaceX star base once again, now announcing that the Final Programmatic Environmental Assessment will be released on 13 June.
  • space, Japanese startup developing robots for the moon, released video Engineers are shown connecting the two main nodes of the company’s lunar lander, dubbed Hakuto-R.
  • James Webb Space TelescopeNASA’s huge and very fancy orbiting telescope is working flawlessly – and the agency will release first full color images from the area on July 12. Mark your calendars.
  • NASA awarded five additional crewed astronaut flights for SpaceX, another extension of the company’s commercial crew transportation (CCtCap) contract with the agency. SpaceX is currently the only service provider for transporting astronauts to and from the International Space Station.
  • Sony is entry into the space industry with the launch of Sony Space Communications, a company that will develop small communication devices for satellites.
  • Starlink can now apply for licensed on all seven continentswith the news that Nigeria and Mozambique have approved the service.
  • Big Dipper develops a new rocket engine for medium and heavy launch vehicles, which he calls Arroway. Delivery of the 200,000 lb thrust engine is scheduled for 2025.

Photo of the week

My face when I found out that the FAA had AGAIN delayed the environmental review of Starbase. Image Credits: Know your meme/Nintendo (Opens in a new window)

REAL photo of the week

NASA’s Hubble Telescope caught a glimpse of the Liller 1 star cluster, shown here in red. According to the agency, it is 30,000 light-years from Earth. “neighbor in space terms”. A sip. Image Credits: NASA (Opens in a new window)

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