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Moon-to-Mars Planetary Autonomous Construction Technology: MMPACT Material ScreeningNASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate “champions technologies needed to live on and explore the Moon” [1]. This includes capabilities that capitalize on existing lunar resources and carry out surface manufacturing and construction activities. The goal of the Moon-to-Mars Planetary Construction Technology (MMPACT) Project is to mature these two capabilities.
The primary resource on the Moon and the primary feedstock for manufacturing and construction is regolith. In the past, astronauts launched, landed, and lived in a spacecraft. NASA envisions a future where we make living spaces on the lunar surface instead. The innovative technologies required for lunar surface construction may be something never seen before, or they may be adaptations of existing technologies. MMPACT must screen for the most feasible technologies with the earliest potential technology insertions given the ambitious goals of the Artemis campaign. This poster summarizes recent efforts to discover and document mechanical and thermal capabilities of various technologies: a laser-based vitreous material transformation from Texas-based ICON, a molten extrusion process from ICON, a mortar from MSFC, a mortar from an MSFC-Louisiana State University partnership, and a geopolymer from a MSFC-Pennsylvania State University partnership. Other testing and development activities are documented as well.
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Marshall Space Flight Center
Document Type
Chelsea Pickett
(Marshall Space Flight Center Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, United States)
Date Acquired
June 12, 2023
Publication Date
June 22, 2023
Publication Information
Subject Category
Lunar and Planetary Science and Exploration
Meeting Information
Meeting: 2023 MSFC Poster Jamboree
Location: Huntsville, AL
Country: US
Start Date: June 22, 2023
End Date: June 22, 2023
Sponsors: Marshall Space Flight Center
Funding Number(s)
PROJECT: 596118.04.64.62
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Technical Review
Single Expert
In-situ Resource Utilization
Lunar construction
Advanced manufacturing
Technology development
Additive manufacturing
ceramics and glasses
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