The New Suit
Nearly a year ago an advanced Spacesuit was unveiled. This week NASA chose the suit design it wants for the Moon and Beyond. Since the days of Apollo, EVA suits were the proud domain of Hamilton and Sundstrand. In a surprise decision, NASA has chosen a team led by Oceaneering and Paragon Systems. The process is such that NASA decides what it wants, then chooses contractors to build to NASA's specifications. The design chosen is strikingly similiar to what was shown to NASA last year.
Single suit system for IVA, EVA and lunar EVA
Common helmet with open-flip visor (Apollo and Shuttle EMU's can't open the visor.)
Soft inner layer
Rear Entry (The current ACES suit has a zipper in front.)
Removable outer armour for lunar EVA
The counter-pressure technology is not yet included, but that is till under development. Since the suit system is modular, MCP can be added piece-by-piece starting with the gloves. It is very pleasing when NASA adopts your ideas!
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