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Lunar Prototypes Tested in Hawaii
12.05.08
The ROxygen system

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The ROxygen system extracts oxygen from soil.

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Scarab rover tire change

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Scarab is a prototype rover that carries the RESOLVE system, or Regolith and Environment Science and Oxygen and Lunar Volatile Extraction. It includes a drill to penetrate soil and can demonstrate small-scale oxygen production from regolith. Technicians are shown changing tires to a prototype lunar wheel developed by Michelin.

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PILOT - Precursor ISRU Lunar Oxygen Testbed

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PILOT, or Precursor ISRU Lunar Oxygen Testbed, is a system being tested by NASA for possible production of oxygen from soil on the moon.

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Cratos rover prototype delivers payload to ROxygen during testing

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The prototype rover Cratos delivers a payload of soil to the ROxygen system which will extract oxygen from lunar soil.

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A bucket drum device delivers soil to the Precursor ISRU Lunar Oxygen Testbed

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A bucket drum device developed by Lockheed Martin delivers soil to PILOT, or Precursor ISRU Lunar Oxygen Testbed. PILOT and ROxygen are complementary systems that might produce oxygen from soil on an outpost-sized scale on the moon.

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Scarab rover

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Scarab is shown here on a slope of Hawaii's Mauna Kea. The prototype rover carries a small scale soil to oxygen extraction system.

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