A startup in Brooklyn makes space suits for the next generation of astronauts and possibly a fraction of what NASA spends on them.
NASA spokeswoman Kathryn Hambleton told CNBC that her supply of EVA space suits and gear is sufficient International Space Station by at least 2024. In addition, the agency will review the needs of future missions on the ISS and further exploration.
Final Frontier's two main rivals in the space suit industry are ILC Dover, who built the suits for the Apollo Missions and David Clark Company, which made suits for twins and shuttle astronauts. Both companies have continued to work with NASA and the Air Force to develop garments and components for crew members.
And with big names like SpaceX, Boeing and Blue Origin, many startups like Final are working to bring astronauts and travelers into space. Frontier sees opportunities in the new era of commercial space success. As early as the first quarter of 2018, investors had already invested nearly $ 1 billion in commercial space companies and are on their way to invest $ 4 billion a year by the end of the year, according to an investigation by Space Angels, an early one venture group.