NASA is Developing a New Spacesuit

NASA  has worked towards gender equality  by designing space suits for men and women.

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NASA has worked towards gender equality by designing space suits for men and women.

In the wake of an age that strives for equality, NASA is creating a spacesuit appropriate for both men and women. NASA’s project has proven to be a major step in equalizing their suits’ capabilities towards both genders. Most of the outfits previously manufactured by them have been directed towards men. 

NASA has been under fire for some time after a mishap involving a shortage of spacesuits designed for an all-feminine spacewalk. Without warning, they canceled the trip after it was confirmed that they did not have enough suits for astronauts Anna McClain and Christina Koch. 

Officially referred to as the Exploration Extravehicular Mobility Unit (xEMU), their spacesuit will be used for the Artemis missions on the Moon; as well, the functionalities that their product offers will be adaptable for other missions.

As of October 4th, 2019, NASA sought industry feedback to help improve their production and lunar services. This will, therefore, foster a stable path for Artemis Missions occurring over the next ten years. After Artemis III, they plan to transfer all of the product’s responsibility to the U.S. Industry. 

The suit’s design will be designed with NASA’s 50 years of research and experience in the field of astronomy. They are incorporating more flexibility into their design, allowing astronauts to easily pick up and procure space rocks and will further enhance mobility in low-gravity areas. The creation is additionally capable of inhabiting different types of conditions, including dusty areas and places varying in temperature. Additionally, astronauts occupying the costume will be protected from any present radiation in the weak atmosphere. With only minor changes, NASA claims that the suit’s overall architecture can be adapted for the Mars Mission. 

The overall hope entailing the suit’s release is that it will help advance humanity’s perceptions of space. Marshall Smith, director of the Human Lunar Exploration Program says that, “With the help of partners from industry and academia, we have developed a suite of advanced spacesuit components in preparation for missions to distant destinations. Now we will take the next step together in the boots of the new exploration suit for Artemis missions at the Moon.”

Following two years of research and hard work, the product was recently unveiled. NASA hopes that the spacesuit will be perfected and launched officially in 2024.