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Planetary LEGO

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX17CK08P
Agency Tracking Number: 170181
Amount: $118,690.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: T4.02
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: 2017
Award Year: 2017
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2017-06-09
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2018-06-08
Small Business Information
63 Flushing Avenue Unit 150
Brooklyn, NY 11205-1070
United States
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Rodrigo Romo
 (808) 494-5553
Business Contact
 Kristian Mueller
Title: Business Official
Phone: (626) 421-7902
Research Institution
 Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems
 Rodrigo Romo
99 Aupuni Street Suite 212-213
Hilo, HI 96720-4273
United States

 (808) 494-5553
 Nonprofit College or University

Prior to human arrival to the Moon or Mars, a certain amount of infrastructure will be required in order to ensure success of the overall goals of the mission. Such infrastructure will include some type of landing pads.

In order to reduce the volume/mass of construction materials to be transported from Earth, it will be critical to utilize in-situ resources as the main construction material. Regolith seems to be the most logical choice given its abundance and easy access. The proposed technology would allow for the robotic construction of critical structures in-situ using native resources.

In Phase I we therefore propose to:

Determine the ideal shapes for the building blocks that will allow mechanical jointing and construction of horizontal (landing pads, roads, etc.) and vertical (habitat, shelter, etc.) structures.

Manufacture the molds to fabricate these building blocks.

Fine tune the sintering process (thermal profile) to ensure repeatability of the fabrication of the material.

Produce prototype building blocks and test their structural properties and strength of the joints.

Develop the robotic concept for making the horizontal and vertical structures.

Design a horizontal and a vertical structure for fabrication during Phase II.

* Information listed above is at the time of submission. *

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