Most of us have watched the YouTube videos of the many bloopers that showcase the Astronauts on the moon flopping around in their clumsy spacesuits. The suits appear to be very awkward and bulky to wear and move around in and result in these very hilarious, at times, moments in space.
NASA pointed out some of the many changes to the spacesuit technology that will assist the lunar surface walkers during their space explorations. The next generation spacesuit will allow the astronauts to move freer and smoothly in the almost zero gravity environment.
In a release from NASA, the exertion from the astronauts to bunny hop around to get from one are to the next, was more than they were willing to put their guys through more the 200,000 miles away from earth.
According the the space agency, the improved suits will give the person in it greater joint rotation and flexibility at the knees and hips. The boots that have been inspired by hikers will be outfitted with flexible soles. The new design of the shoulders will give the astronauts the ability to hoist items over their heads, plus they will also be able to rotate their arms fully from shoulder to wrist.
NASA has a plan that would allow the suits to be custom fit, by taking body scans in 3D of the astronauts and then arranging modular spacesuits components to each individual. These suits will look very similar to those use by the astronauts to spacewalk on the International Space Station.
2024 is the projected year in which NASA aims to sent the next batch of astronauts to the moon during its Artemis mission. Critics have called this timeline ambitious due to the many delays that have occurred thus far with this project.
The first of the redesigned suits are to be built by NASA,s engineers directly, then the production is to be assigned to a private entity.