Elon Musk Comes Forward to Assist NASA With Spacesuits as Moon Mission Pushed to April 2025


Elon Musk on Tuesday mentioned his aerospace firm SpaceX may assist NASA produce spacesuits for its Artemis Moon mission after the US area company’s Inspector General reported that it was going through vital challenges, making the manned lunar touchdown unattainable in 2024. Among the largest challenges was the delay within the manufacturing of the primary two flight-ready Exploration Extravehicular Mobility Unit (xEMU) spacesuits. The company was scheduled to put together these spacesuits by November 2024, however now NASA Office of Inspector General says that there is going to be a delay and the fits will not be prepared for the flight till at the least April 2025.

On Tuesday, CNBC’s area reporter Michael Sheetz quoted from the Inspector General report titled, “NASA’s Development Of Next-generation Spacesuits,” saying, “NASA’s Inspector General says delays in spacesuit development are another factor making a 2024 astronaut Moon landing impossible.” He added that with $420 million (roughly Rs. 3,125 crores) spent and one other $625 million (roughly Rs. 4,650 crores) anticipated, the spacesuits will not be prepared for flight till April 2025 on the earliest.

Responding to Sheetz’s tweet, Musk, himself an area fanatic, wrote: “SpaceX could do it if need be.”

NASA says in its report that these delays — attributed to funding shortfalls, COVID-19 impacts, and technical challenges — left no schedule margin for supply of the 2 flight-ready spacesuits. Given the combination necessities, the fits will not be flight-ready till April 2025 on the earliest, says the report. Moreover, by the point two flight-ready xEMUs can be found, NASA can have spent over $1 billion (roughly Rs. 7,445 crores) on the event and meeting of its next-generation spacesuits, it additional mentioned.

Delay precludes 2024 Moon touchdown

In one other part of the report, the Inspector General mentioned that prior to 2019, NASA was anticipated to design, check, and develop the xEMU and supply flight-ready spacesuits to the ISS by 2023. Back then, NASA was anticipated to present fits for Artemis III Mission by 2028, in accordance to the report, however when the mission was accelerated to 2024, the area company was additionally required to fast-track its work by the identical time.

Not simply that, NASA was supposed to present these fits to its HLS Program for integration by March 31, 2023. That date now stands delayed by 20 months to November 2024 after the decreased funding for spacesuit improvement in FY 2021, COVID-19 impacts, and ongoing technical points, the report mentioned.

According to the knowledge on its web site, as a part of the Artemis Mission, NASA will land the primary girl and first particular person of color on the Moon. It may also be utilizing modern applied sciences to discover extra of the lunar floor than ever previously. 



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