Prada, the renowned luxury fashion brand, is collaborating with Axiom Space to design space suits for NASA’s 2025 Moon mission. Axiom Space announced this partnership, citing Prada’s expertise in materials and manufacturing as valuable contributions to the project. While Prada is known for its fashion prowess, its involvement in the America’s Cup sailing competition has also honed its skills with composite fabrics, making it a fitting choice for the task.
Despite their fashion credentials, Prada’s focus remains on the technical aspects of the space suits. Astronauts won’t be donning paisley or fancy patterns; instead, the primary goal is to ensure a stable thermal environment within the suits. These space suits, akin to miniature spacecraft, must provide pressure, oxygen, and temperature regulation to support astronauts during their lunar missions.
Axiom Space had previously unveiled a 55kg spacesuit designed to offer a better fit for female astronauts during the upcoming Artemis 3 mission. The collaboration between Artemis, Prada, and Axiom aims to incorporate innovative technologies and design to facilitate more extensive lunar exploration, marking a significant milestone as it will be the first crewed Moon landing since Apollo 17 in 1972 and the first time a female astronaut, Christina Koch, will set foot on the lunar surface.
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