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Production and use of metals and oxygen for lunar propulsionProduction, power, and propulsion technologies for using oxygen and metals derived from lunar resources are discussed. The production process is described, and several of the more developed processes are discussed. Power requirements for chemical, thermal, and electrical production methods are compared. The discussion includes potential impact of ongoing power technology programs on lunar production requirements. The performance potential of several possible metal fuels including aluminum, silicon, iron, and titanium are compared. Space propulsion technology in the area of metal/oxygen rocket engines is discussed.
Document ID
Document Type
Conference Paper
Hepp, Aloysius F.
(NASA Lewis Research Center Cleveland, OH., United States)
Linne, Diane L.
(NASA Lewis Research Center Cleveland, OH., United States)
Landis, Geoffrey A.
(Sverdrup Technology, Inc., Brook Park OH., United States)
Groth, Mary F.
(NASA Lewis Research Center Cleveland, OH., United States)
Colvin, James E.
(Arizona Univ. Tucson., United States)
Date Acquired
September 6, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1991
Subject Category
Spacecraft Propulsion And Power
Report/Patent Number
AIAA PAPER 91-3481
NAS 1.15:105195
Meeting Information
Meeting: Conference on Advanced Space Exploration Initiative Technologies
Location: Cleveland, OH
Country: United States
Start Date: September 4, 1991
End Date: September 6, 1991
Sponsors: AIAA, OAI
Accession Number
Funding Number(s)
PROJECT: RTOP 506-41-11
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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