Workshop on In-Situ Resource Utilization
August 15-17, 2006
Hilton Downtown Garden Inn
Reservations: Government Rate at the Cleveland Hilton Garden Inn
Reservations: Conference Rate at the Cleveland Hilton Garden Inn
NASA has established a project to develop
technologies that will be needed to extract and use the resources
native to the surface of the Moon and Mars for producing mission
consumables such as propellants, life support air and water, and
reactants for chemical power systems. In-situ production of valuable mission consumables
is predicated on perceived savings in mass, cost and risk compared
to transporting supplies from Earth. Based on an extensive
effort that included NASA staff and participants from industry,
academia and international partners, an In-Situ Resource Utilization
(ISRU) technology development roadmap was conceived to guide the
technology development effort and serve as a framework for including
ISRU into evolving mission architectures. A guiding principal
of the ISRU project derived from that roadmap is to maintain effective
communications among NASA, academia, industry, other government
agencies and potential international partners. Ongoing communication
will ensure that the progress of ISRU technology development and
the mission architecture in which it will be implemented continue
toward the goals of minimized mass, cost and risk.
The workshop is being organized to assemble interested parties to achieve the
- Review NASA ISRU technology development plans to refine its
contents, within the scope of the currently planned budget, to
reflect the interests of broader participation by industry, academia,
other US government agencies and international partners.
- Review technical work currently supported by NASA and other
sources to reduce duplication of effort and to seek optimal “global”
technical progress under continuing environments of limited funding.
- Establish working links between the ISRU technology development
effort and parallel development efforts in related areas including
propulsion systems that use ISRU produced propellants, power
systems that provide power to ISRU systems and/or use ISRU produced
reactants, surface mobility systems that provide transportation
to ISRU or use ISRU produced fuels, and life-support and related
systems that use ISRU produced air, water, etc.
- Establish an implementation strategy for incorporation of ISRU
into future robotic and human exploration missions, including
the influence of space commercialization.
The workshop will feature plenary presentations on ISRU and related
technology development and science topics, but spend most available
time on focused working group sessions. Working group sessions
will provide opportunities for very brief presentations of positions/technical
information followed by discussion/debate leading to consensus
recommendations for future work in ISRU and the related technologies. Presentations,
summaries of working session discussions, and consensus recommendations
will be documented in a published workshop proceedings document.
A workshop registration (registration
forms) fee of $156 is required for food provided to participants
(continental breakfast, break refreshments, one lunch and one
Preliminary working session topics include: Regolith excavation
and handling, lunar oxygen production, lunar volatile extraction,
ISRU links to related technologies including propulsion, cryogenic
fluid storage, power systems, surface mobility systems, life support
systems, ISRU links to space commercialization, ISRU links to lunar
and planetary science, and more.
Reservations for accommodations at the conference hotel can be
made online at:
Rate at the Cleveland Hilton Garden Inn
Rate at the Cleveland Hilton Garden Inn
or by calling the Hilton Garden Inn Cleveland Downtown at 216-658-6400
and asking for the NCSER-ISRU room block.
Questions regarding registration should be posed to Christine.R.Gorecki@NASA.Govand
questions about the workshop content should be posed to Kurt.Sacksteder@NASA.Gov.
Reservations must be made by July 21, 2006 to receive the conference rate of
$105 non-government and $96 government.
A final program is posted here.
We look forward to your participation in this workshop!