USA flag logo/image

An Official Website of the United States Government

Production of Synthetic Lunar Simulants

Award Information

National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2009 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
Solicitation Year:
Solicitation Topic Code:
Solicitation Number:
Small Business Information
Zybek Advanced Products, Inc.
2845 29th Street Boulder, CO 80301-1228
View profile »
Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2009
Title: Production of Synthetic Lunar Simulants
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNX09CF43P
Award Amount: $99,300.00


Zybek Advanced Products has proven the ability to produce industrial quantities of lunar simulant materials, including glass, agglutinate and melt breccias. These are critical components in the NU-LHT-series and OB1 lunar simulants. The feed stock for this simulant is a mining industry by-product. The feedstock contains many contaminates, may not always be available, and can be inconsistent. Although the standard lunar simulant produced from the mineral industry byproduct feedstock is useful for some applications, many projects require a simulant with a higher fidelity. This project provides the means to produce individual components that are not available from terrestrial sources. These components can be mixed in different proportions to determine the effect on a particular process. The basic theory of the innovation is to mix known industrial ingredients, bring to molten temperatures, allow time for full reaction (in molten state), and then control the cooling rate to cause re-crystallization. These components are readily available and can be processed at multi-ton rates in the plasma melter.

Principal Investigator:

Michael Weinstein
Principal Investigator

Business Contact:

Michael A. Weinstein
Small Business Information at Submission:

Zybek Advanced Products, Inc.
2845 29th Street Boulder, CO 80301

EIN/Tax ID: 841298986
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No