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NASA is going to spend $3.5 billion through 2034, making moves to upgrade its spacesuits.
The agency awarded task orders to Collins Aerospace and Axiom Space last year, buying services that provide astronauts with next-generation spacesuit and spacewalk systems to work outside the International Space Station, explore the lunar surface on Artemis missions and prepare for crewed missions to Mars.
The companies were chosen from the Exploration Extravehicular Activity Services (xEVAS) contract solicitation. While the partners will own the new spacesuits, the contract provides NASA with the ability to add on vendors that were not previously selected. Selected vendors can compete for task orders for missions "that will provide a full suite of capabilities for NASA’s spacewalking needs" during the period of performance through 2034, with a combined maximum potential value of $3.5 billion for all task order awards.
The spacesuits will be designed and produced using technical and safety standards provided by NASA.
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