Axiom Space wins NASA Contract to build Next Generation Astronaut Spacesuits

Members of Axiom Space’s Extravehicular Mobility Unit (AxEMU) work on building the next generation spacesuit at the company’s Houston headquarters. (Image Credit: Axiom Space)

HOUSTON (Axiom Space PR) — Axiom Space announced today that it has been awarded the NASA Extravehicular Activity Services (xEVAS) Contract.  Axiom is one of two companies to win the award with a potential total value of $3.5 billion across the life of the program. Under the terms of the contract, the Houston-based company will build the space agency’s next generation astronaut spacesuits that may be used for low Earth Orbit (LEO) and the Artemis lunar missions. The new spacesuits by Axiom Space will provide astronauts with advanced capabilities for space exploration while providing NASA commercially developed human systems needed to access, live, and work in microgravity and on and around the Moon. 

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KBR Selected as Primary Provider of Space Medicine Support to European Space Agency

HOUSTON, Jan. 31, 2022 (KBR PR) – KBR (NYSE: KBR) was selected to continue providing high-end astronaut medical support services for the European Space Agency’s (ESA’s) European Astronaut Centre (EAC) Space Medicine Office in Cologne, Germany.

Under the terms of the recompete contract, KBR will be the primary provider of space medicine support services to ESA, which is introducing a new service model. This work is scheduled to be performed over a three-and-a-half-year period.

A partner to ESA for more than 20 years, KBR’s major activities include astronaut medical care, engineering support, rehabilitation, fitness, project management, healthcare administration, psychology and behavioral health, nutrition, radiation, education coordination, and operational research.

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Axiom Space to Train Italian Air Force’s Col. Walter Villadei as Professional Astronaut for Future Space Mission

Walter Villadei (Credit: Italian Air Force)

HOUSTON, January 11, 2022 (Axiom Space PR) – Axiom Space, Inc., the leader in human spaceflight and human-rated space infrastructure, announced Tuesday it has welcomed Col. Walter Villadei of the Italian Air Force (ItAF) to its headquarters in Houston to begin astronaut training at NASA’s Johnson Space Center (JSC) as part of Axiom’s professional astronaut services.

Through a partnership with KBR and NASA, Axiom, which trains and flies professional and private astronauts, is able to provide potential astronaut candidates access to facilities, instructors, and training at NASA. Candidates for flight complete Axiom’s training curriculum over many months in preparation to live and conduct meaningful work in space.

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NASA Releases Autonomous Flight Termination Unit Software to Industry

The NASA Autonomous Flight Termination Unit. (Credits: NASA)

WALLOPS, Va. (NASA PR) — NASA has provided an advance release of its NASA Autonomous Flight Termination Unit (NAFTU) software code to the launch industry, a critical milestone toward the final certification of NAFTU, which is on-track for February 2022.

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KBR Protects and Prepares Planet for Space Weather Events via $51.2M NOAA Contract

KBR will deploy, develop and operate the Space Weather Follow-On Antenna Network. This work will contribute to accurate space weather forecasts.

HOUSTON – (May 13, 2021) – KBR (NYSE: KBR) won a new $51.2 million contract from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to deploy, develop and operate the agency’s Space Weather Follow-On (SWFO) Antenna Network. KBR’s work will contribute to accurate forecasts of space weather, protecting lives and livelihood around the planet.

Under this contract, KBR will build and maintain an antenna network that sends and receives continuous mission data from the SWFO-Lagrange 1 (SWFO-L1) observatory and its ground segment. KBR’s network will perform telemetry, command and ranging services for the observatory’s operations.

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Axiom Space Raises $130 Million in Series B Funding

Axiom space station (Credit: Axiom Space)
  • Capital will accelerate growth of workforce and development of world’s first commercial space station
  • NASA selected Axiom to begin attaching its privately developed space station modules to the International Space Station as early as 2024
  • Axiom recently revealed the first-ever private astronaut ISS crew, launching in January 2022

HOUSTON, TX, February 16, 2021 — Axiom Space, Inc., which is developing the world’s first commercial space station, has raised $130M in Series B funding. The round was led by C5 Capital and includes TQS Advisors, Declaration Partners (the investment firm backed by David M. Rubenstein), Moelis Dynasty Investments, Washington University in St. Louis, The Venture Collective, Aidenlair Capital, Hemisphere Ventures, and Starbridge Venture Capital.

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KBR to Acquire Centauri, Significantly Expanding its Military Space, Defense Modernization and Cyber Solutions Portfolio

  • Creates an upmarket leader in Civil, Military, Intelligence and Commercial Space Solutions
  • Strengthens KBR’s Military Space and Intel Space Businesses with Best-in-Class Portfolio Focused on high-priority Defense Modernization, MilSpace and Intelligence Budgets
  • Further Expands and Differentiates KBR’s Capabilities in High-End Engineering, Technology Development and Mission Support Services for Defense and Intelligence Customers
  • Advances KBR’s Strategic Transformation and Attractively Accretive

HOUSTON, Aug. 19, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — KBR, Inc. (NYSE: KBR) (“KBR” or the “Company”) today announced it has entered into a definitive agreement with Arlington Capital Partners (“Arlington Capital”), a Washington, DC-based private equity firm, under which KBR will acquire Centauri, LLC (“Centauri”), a leading independent provider of high-end space, directed energy and other advanced technology solutions, for approximately $800 million (net of tax benefits) in cash.

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NASA Moving Forward to Enable a Low-Earth Orbit Economy

Axiom modules attached to the International Space Station. (Credit: Axiom Space)

WASHINGTON (NASA PR) — One year ago, NASA announced the agency is opening the space station for business, enabling commercial and marketing opportunities on the station, and the agency has moved forward toward its ultimate goal in low-Earth orbit to partner with industry to achieve a strong ecosystem in which NASA is one of many customers purchasing services and capabilities at lower cost.

Providing expanded opportunities at the International Space Station to manufacture, market and promote commercial products and services will help catalyze and expand space exploration markets for many businesses.

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NASA Grants KBR the Right to Train Private Astronauts at NASA Facilities

HOUSTON, January 30, 2020 (KBR PR) – KBR (NYSE: KBR), a leading solutions provider to the civil, military and commercial space industry, will become the first company to train private astronauts at NASA facilities. The company recently signed a Space Act Agreement with NASA Johnson Space Center allowing it to provide human spaceflight operation services to commercial companies. KBR currently holds the only agreement with NASA to provide these services using the agency’s facilities and capabilities.

Through this agreement, KBR will be able to train private astronauts in a wide variety of spaceflight tasks including operating onboard International Space Station (ISS) systems, integrating into the existing ISS crew, performing routine operational tasks, maintaining health and performance, and responding to emergencies. KBR will also provide medical operations and services prior to, during, and after spaceflights.

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KBR Expands with Acquisition of Stinger Ghaffarian Technologies

  • Strategic acquisition further expands KBR’s high-tech professional services across NASA and other Government Services entities
  • Enhances and expands capabilities to support high-priority missions including human space flight, the International Space Station, military  and commercial space
  • Increases technology capabilities in mission IT and scientific research including modeling, simulation and data analytics
  • $3.4 billion in backlog with no major recompetes for two years

HOUSTON, February 23, 2018 (KBR PR) – KBR, Inc. (NYSE: KBR) announced today it has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase Stinger Ghaffarian Technologies, Inc. (SGT) a leading provider of technology solutions, engineering services, mission operations, scientific and IT software solutions in the Government Services market.

SGT has a distinguished heritage delivering technology solutions and services to the U.S. government for space programs, national security and civilian operations.
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