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In-Situ Resource Utilization
The OCT/GCD/ISRU Project at Ames involves the design and development of two engineering test units to support the in situ resource utilization prospecting mission on the Moon. The two instruments are a neutron spectrometer, used to detect subsurface ice, and a near-infrared spectrometer that reveals the presence of surficial deposits of volatile species. This is a sub-project of the larger RESOLVE ISRU project, involving ARC, KSC, JSC and GRC, in which an integrated payload/instrument/control system design is being developed as a pathfinder for eventual mission use