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Product/Service - xEMU
- Space Suits & Garments
ISRU (In Situ Resource Utilization)
- First launch
- Not announced
The xEMU Lunar space suit will be used in the Artemis mission, the first US planetary space mission since Apollo. The development awards include the Lunar xEMU space suit boot, hip, and waist joints, and will culminate with hardware deliveries to NASA in 2020.
Paragon Space Development Corporation (Paragon) is proud to announce that it is part of the Axiom Space team which was awarded NASA’s Exploration Extravehicular Activity (xEVAS) services contract, one of two companies to win the award with a potential total value of $3.5 billion across the life of the program.
- The 10-year contract is to develop the next generation spacesuit which may be used for Artemis missions to the Moon and the International Space Station.
- The spacesuits developed as part of this program will allow humans to explore the lunar surface, provide new spacewalk capabilities outside the ISS, and will be critical to establishing a long-term presence at the Moon and eventually to explore Mars.
- Paragon’s multi-decade experience in designing and developing life support and thermal control systems for extreme environments, as well as its recent acquisition of Final Frontier Design – a leading supplier of spacesuits – make it a strong team member for Axiom.
- Additionally, Paragon’s Portable Life Support Systems (PLSS) experience in design, integration, and operation on such programs as the StratEx Mission (which set three world-records) and the NASA Constellation Spacesuit System (CSSS) with Oceaneering – will be vital to the program.
Paragon has established itself as a key contributor in the field of lunar ISRU over the last decade. Paragon’s flagship ISRU-specific “system of systems” is currently funded by 5 NASA contracts. Our active ISRU programs target volatile mining in lunar Permanently Shadowed Regions (PSRs), water purification, and electrolysis to generate rocket fuel and breathable air for astronauts.
ISRU-derived water purification and Hydrogen Oxygen Production (IHOP)
Paragon’s flagship ISRU system, IHOP, is funded by a NASA NextSTEP-2 In-Situ Resource Utilization (ISRU) Technology contract. IHOP combines the critical ISRU functions of water purification and electrolysis into an integrated system optimized for lunar water processing and capable of the same on Mars. IHOP receives water from mixed ices found in Permanently Shadowed Regions (PSRs) on the lunar poles, purifies the water of co-located toxic and corrosive volatile contaminants, and generates hydrogen and oxygen that from the electrolysis of that water. The product hydrogen and oxygen can be used as propellant for lunar transportation vehicles (ascent and landers), reusable cislunar transports, and human missions to Mars and beyond. Technologies that can make use of the IHOP consumable products include fuel cells, crew atmosphere revitalization, and crew potable water.
ISRU Collector of Ice in a Cold Lunar Environment (ICICLE)
Water mined from extraterrestrial sources, such as lunar craters, will contain impurities that are both difficult to separate from water and detrimental to many possible downstream processes and users of the water. The ICICLE component is a cold trap that utilizes a regulated freeze distillation process along with optimized internal geometry for high water collection efficiency and low contaminant retention from upstream water extraction sources. ICICLE provides one-step collection and coarse purification of extracted water in environments including the Moon, Mars, and asteroids, making it an essential component in any water-based ISRU architecture.
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