Final SpSt Colloquium Presentation by Ted Southern on May 3rd
The Space Studies Spring 2021 Colloquium Series has featured several leading experts in various space-related fields. Please join us for our final presentation in this series as outlined below. This presentation will feature Ted Southern, President of Final Frontier Design.
Presentation Title: “Advanced Topics for Extravehicular Activities”
Date: Monday, May 3, 2021
Time: 5:00-7:00 p.m. (Central Daylight ST)
Location: online only – see details below.
About the speaker:
Ted Southern is the President and co-founder of Final Frontier Design (FFD), a space suit design and
manufacturing company based in Brooklyn, New York. Ted manages teams of up to 12 from project
proposal to completion and delivery, with both NASA and the commercial space industry. FFD was
formed from a successful partnership in NASA’s 2009 Astronaut Glove Competition, together with his
co-founder, Nikolay Moiseev. Mr. Southern has served as Principal Investigator for 6 NASA SBIR
contracts, for FFD, between 2011-2020 for space suit component development, including pressurized
gloves, arm mobility joints, and radiation protection for space suits. He has published his reports on
pressurized gloves in peer reviewed journals including the Journal of Aviation, Space, and Environmental
Medicine (ASEM) and the International Conference on Environmental Systems (ICES). Mr. Southern was
the PI for a fixed price contract to develop next generation Mechanical Counter Pressure Gloves for
NASA, and for a NASA sponsored microgravity flight campaign (via the Flight Opportunities Program) in
- In addition, Ted has overseen a 6 year Space Act Agreement (SAA) with NASA to human rate
FFD’s IVA space suit. Ted is currently managing development of a complete internal EVA space suit
system and multiple fixed price contracts with NASA for their Lunar xEMU EVA space suit.
A live webcast will be available here.