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NASA's Billion Dollar Artemis Spacesuits Won't Be Ready For A 2024 Moon Landing

By Keith Cowing
August 10, 2021
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NASA's Billion Dollar Artemis Spacesuits Won't Be Ready For A 2024 Moon Landing

NASA OIG: NASA’s Development of Next-Generation Spacesuits, NASA OIG
“NASA’s current schedule is to produce the first two flight-ready xEMUs by November 2024, but the Agency faces significant challenges in meeting this goal. This schedule includes approximately a 20-month delay in delivery for the planned design, verification, and testing suit, two qualification suits, an ISS Demo suit, and two lunar flight suits. These delays- attributable to funding shortfalls, COVID-19 impacts, and technical challenges – have left no schedule margin for delivery of the two flight-ready xEMUs. Given the integration requirements, the suits would not be ready for flight until April 2025 at the earliest. Moreover, by the time two flight-ready xEMUs are available, NASA will have spent over a billion dollars on the development and assembly of its next-generation spacesuits.”
Keith’s note: Patricia Stoll, President, Space Systems & Engineered Solutions at ILC Dover responded to a @NASAWatch tweet on this issue – as well as one by @NASAOIG. Interesting. NASA might want to take notice.

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