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Performance of Regolith Feed Systems for Analog Field Tests of In-Situ Resource Utilization Oxygen Production Plants in Mauna Kea, HawaiiThis paper focuses on practical aspects of mechanical auger and pneumatic regolith conveying system feeding In-Situ Resource Utilization Oxygen production plants. The subsystems of these feedstock delivery systems include an enclosed auger device, pneumatic venturi educator, jet-lift regolith transfer, innovative electro-cyclone gas-particle separation/filtration systems, and compressors capable of dealing with hot hydrogen and/or methane gas re-circulating in the system. Lessons learned from terrestrial laboratory, reduced gravity and field testing on Mauna Kea Volcano in Hawaii during NASA lunar analog field tests will be discussed and practical design tips will be presented.
Document ID
20100021942
Document Type
Conference Paper
Authors
Townsend, Ivan I. (ASRC Aerospace Corp. Cocoa Beach, FL, United States)
Mueller, Robert P. (NASA Kennedy Space Center Cocoa Beach, FL, United States)
Mantovani, James G. (NASA Kennedy Space Center Cocoa Beach, FL, United States)
Zacny, Kris A. (Honeybee Robotics Spacecraft Mechanisms Corp. New York, NY, United States)
Craft, Jack (Honeybee Robotics Spacecraft Mechanisms Corp. New York, NY, United States)
Date Acquired
August 29, 2013
Publication Date
May 12, 2010
Publication Information
Publication: Proceedings of the 40th Aerospace Mechanisms Symposium
Subject Category
Space Sciences (General)
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Public Use Permitted.

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