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A Lunar Electromagnetic Launch System for In-Situ Resource UtilizationFuture human exploration of the moon will require the development of capabilities for in-situ resource utilization (ISRU). Transport of lunar-derived commodities such as fuel and oxygen to orbiting resource depots has been proposed to enable refueling landers or other vehicles. A lunar electromagnetic launch (LEML) system could be an effective means of transporting materials, as an alternative to non-renewable chemical-based propulsion systems. An example LEML concept is presented based on previous studies, existing EML technologies, and NASA's human exploration architecture. A preliminary assessment of the cost-versus-benefit of such a system is also offered; the conclusion, however, is not as favorable for LEML as originally suggested.
Document ID
Document Type
Conference Paper
Wright, Michael R. (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD, United States)
Kuznetsov, Steven B. (Raytheon Co. Sudbury, MA, United States)
Kloesel, Kurt J. (NASA Dryden Flight Research Center Edwards, CA, United States)
Date Acquired
August 25, 2013
Publication Date
May 17, 2010
Subject Category
Launch Vehicles and Launch Operations
Report/Patent Number
Paper 229
Meeting Information
15th International Symposium on Electromagnetic Launch Technology(Brussels)
Distribution Limits
Public Use Permitted.

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