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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
19910069088
Document Type
Conference Paper
Authors
Hepp, Aloysius F. (NASA Lewis Research Center Cleveland, OH, United States)
Linne, Diane L. (NASA Lewis Research Center Cleveland, OH, United States)
Groth, Mary F. (NASA Lewis Research Center Cleveland, OH, United States)
Landis, Geoffrey A. (NASA Lewis Research Center Cleveland; Sverdrup Technology, Inc., Brook Park, OH, United States)
Colvin, James E. (Arizona, University Tucson, United States)
Date Acquired
August 14, 2013
Publication Date
September 1, 1991
Subject Category
PROPELLANTS AND FUELS
Report/Patent Number
AIAA PAPER 91-3481
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Other