Prada & Axiom Space’s Lunar Chic: Crafting NASA’s 2025 Artemis III Spacesuits
MILAN/HOUSTON, October 5, 2023 – A groundbreaking collaboration has been unveiled between the iconic Italian luxury fashion house Prada and the pioneering commercial space company Axiom Space. This unique partnership marks a significant milestone in the world of space exploration, as Prada lends its expertise to design spacesuits for NASA’s upcoming Artemis III mission, scheduled for 2025. Notably, this mission will not only be NASA’s first crewed lunar landing since Apollo 17 in 1972 but will also make history by placing the first woman on the Moon.
Prada and Axiom Space Unveil Lunar Luxury: Designing NASA’s Artemis III Spacesuits for Historic 2025 Mission
Axiom Space, known for its leadership in commercial space endeavors and the creation of the world’s first commercial space station, Axiom Station, announced the collaboration, heralding a new era of spacesuit innovation. The joint project will result in the development of the Axiom Extravehicular Mobility Unit (AxEMU) spacesuit, a remarkable fusion of fashion and function.
Michael Suffredini, CEO of Axiom Space, expressed excitement about the partnership, stating, “Prada’s technical prowess in raw materials, manufacturing techniques, and innovative design concepts will bring advanced technologies that ensure the comfort of astronauts on the lunar surface. Additionally, Prada will introduce human factors considerations that have been absent from traditional spacesuits, making the AxEMU spacesuit a leap forward in lunar exploration.”
The collaborative effort will see Prada’s engineers working closely with Axiom Space’s systems team to create solutions tailored to the challenges posed by the harsh lunar environment and the rigors of space travel. This venture underscores Prada’s commitment to pushing the boundaries of creativity and innovation, extending its legacy beyond the world of fashion.
Lorenzo Bertelli, Prada Group Marketing Director, highlighted the significance of the partnership, saying, “Our journey from fashion to space is a testament to Prada’s continuous pursuit of adventure and innovation. We are honored to be part of this historic mission with Axiom Space. Drawing from our decades of experimentation, cutting-edge technology, and design expertise, which began with Luna Rossa’s America’s Cup challenge in the ’90s, we will now apply our knowledge to design spacesuits for the Artemis era. This collaboration celebrates the power of human creativity and innovation in advancing civilization.”
The AxEMU spacesuit will not only offer astronauts advanced capabilities for space exploration but also provide NASA with commercially developed human systems essential for lunar missions. With its enhanced flexibility, superior protection against the lunar environment, and specialized tools for scientific exploration, these spacesuits will enable unprecedented lunar surface exploration.
This partnership marks a significant stride in space exploration, promising a deeper understanding of the Moon, our solar system, and the endless possibilities of outer space.
About Axiom Space
Axiom Space is at the forefront of humanity’s quest for a thriving home in space. As a leader in human spaceflight services and developer of human-rated space infrastructure, Axiom Space conducts end-to-end missions to the International Space Station today while pioneering Axiom Station, the world’s first commercial space station in low-Earth orbit. This station will not only support human growth beyond Earth but also deliver invaluable benefits back home.
Prada, founded in Milan, Italy, in 1913, is an internationally acclaimed luxury fashion house. Known for its design innovation, Prada seamlessly combines traditional craftsmanship with cutting-edge technology, offering a wide range of products including clothing, accessories, and fragrances. Prada has a global network of stores and has collaborated with artists, designers, and innovators to create groundbreaking immersive experiences and fashion pieces. Committed to sustainability, Prada employs eco-friendly materials and production methods across its supply chains. Prada is part of Prada Group, a global leader in the luxury goods industry.
For more information about Prada, visit prada.com.