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In-Situ Resource Utilization (ISRU)

 

"This project will enable sustainable human exploration through use of local resources. Concepts to produce fuel, oxygen, and water from the soil and atmosphere of celestial bodies will be explored."



In-Situ Resource Utilization





In-Situ Resource

The ultimate objective of the In Situ Resource Utilization (ISRU) project is to develop an ISRU payload that is delivered to the moon on a commercially provided launch vehicle and lander. The exact commercial entity used to deliver the payload will be determined through a competitive process. The lunar demonstration will be focused on processing regolith to acquire water and determine its availability and distribution. An equally important objective will be to process the regolith to demonstrate the ability to extract oxygen from the minerals in the regolith. The hardware provided under this project will be specifically designed so that it can accomplish both of these objectives, and as such, the hardware will be able to operate at any lunar landing site.

Although the ultimate objective is to demonstrate a commercially-landed ISRU payload, the interim objective will be to develop critical prototype hardware components necessary to successfully complete the lunar demonstration. Project personnel will spend the first year developing design and interface requirements for each of the ISRU components and select components will be fabricated in the second year. The performance of the components will then be verified and the components will be subjected to an environmental test program including vibration and thermal vacuum tests.

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