(HOUSTON, 7 of September 2022) – Commercial space leader Axiom Space today announced it has been awarded the first task order of NASA’s Extravehicular Activity Services (xEVAS) Contract. Under the terms of the task order, which has a base value of $228.5 million, the Houston-based company will build the space agency’s next generation astronaut spacesuits to support the Artemis lunar missions. The new spacesuits by Axiom Space will provide astronauts with advanced capabilities for space exploration while providing NASA commercially developed human systems needed to access, live, and work in microgravity as well as on and around the Moon.
This is the first task order awarded under the firm fixed price contract Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) Contract, which extends over a 10-year ordering period and allows for two additional years for completion of services. Authorization to perform work under the xEVAS contract occurs through the issuance of NASA task orders not to exceed $3.1B with a ceiling of $3.5B for all services.
“Our team at Axiom Space is honored to be awarded this first task order to build the next-generation spacesuit. We are excited to provide our expertise to meet NASA’s exploration needs, while simultaneously serving our commercial customers in low Earth orbit and fulfill future space station goals that enable a commercial space economy,” said Michael Suffredini, Axiom Space’s President & CEO. “Our modernized, evolvable spacesuits will enable rapid upgrades to implement better, safer technologies over time, ensuring our astronauts are always equipped with high performing, robust equipment. We look forward to providing our space pioneers with advanced tools needed to further humanity’s permanent expansion off the planet.”