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Lunar Auger Dryer ISRU (LADI) Mechanical Testing and Supporting ModelsIn 2009, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) and Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) provided definitive proof of water in the Lunar’s southern permanently shadowed region (PSR). Both the 2020 NASA Technology Taxonomy and the Lunar Surface Innovation Initiative (LSII) team identified capability gaps in icy regolith transfer and reactor processing in Permanently Shad-owed Region (PSR) environmental conditions. A water processing plant operating from inside the PSR can continuously process water (and volatiles) for both breathable air and propellant. NASA’s Johnson Space Center (JSC) began development of the primary sub-system for a Mars plant in 2017 and fabricated a unique breadboard test stand for validating the feasibility of this concept. This testing was postponed with the redirection of NASA’s mission from Mars to Moon. A JSC led trade study in FY20 formulated a plan to leverage existing hardware to test concept feasibility, developed a lunar auger dryer sizing tool, and identified that both physical flow and thermal models are required to develop an Engineering Development Unit (EDU) for environmental testing. Beginning in FY21, the Game Changing Development Program (GCDP) funded a three-year technology development project to increase the Technology Readiness Level (TRL) of the Lunar Auger Dryer ISRU (LADI) subsystem to TRL 5.
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Johnson Space Center
Document Type
Conference Paper
J A Collins
(Johnson Space Center Houston, Texas, United States)
Date Acquired
May 11, 2022
Publication Date
June 7, 2022
Publication Information
Subject Category
Engineering (General)
Chemistry And Materials (General)
Meeting Information
Meeting: Space Resources Roundtable (SRR)
Location: Virtual Meeting (online) and Colorado School of Mines in Golden, CO, USA
Country: US
Start Date: June 7, 2022
End Date: June 10, 2022
Sponsors: Colorado School of Mines
Funding Number(s)
WBS: 596118.04.37.72
OTHER: DOE 22306
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