The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is America’s civil space program and the global leader in space exploration. The agency has a diverse workforce of just under 18,000 civil servants, and works with many more U.S. contractors, academia, and international and commercial partners to explore, discover, and expand knowledge for the benefit of humanity.
The reduced gravity on the Moon, Mars, comets, and asteroids poses a major challenge for digging and traction during mining operations, but Kennedy is developing technologies that will push the boundaries of space mining and resource utilization.
Kennedy is actively working to develop technology that will address the pesky problem of dust on the Moon and Mars, as this can cause hardware failures, obstruct camera lenses and solar panels, and pose a hazard to human health.
Kennedy's Swamp Works establishes rapid, innovative, and cost-effective exploration mission solutions through a highly collaborative approach, leveraging partnerships across NASA, industry, and academia.
With the lights out, the ISRU Pilot Excavator (IPEx) breadboard unit, also known as RASSOR, digs in the regolith bin during testing inside Swamp Works at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on July 28, 2022. On the surface of the Moon, mining robots like the IPEx will excavate the regolith and take the material to a processing plant where usable elements such as hydrogen, oxygen and water can be extracted for life support systems and make operations on the Moon sustainable.
Learn more about how Kennedy is partnering with the University of Mexico to create a swarm of small, low-cost, autonomous robots that can be used as a ground-based platform for in-situ resource utilization missions to the Moon and Mars.
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Learn more about the Orbital Syngas Commodity Augmentation Reactor in development at Kennedy and its trash-to-gas concept for use in microgravity.
Technology Transfer Magazine
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