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Prototype Development of a Molten Regolith Electrolysis Oxygen Capturing, Filtering and Storage System

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: 80NSSC21C0523
Agency Tracking Number: 204634
Amount: $749,999.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: Z12
Solicitation Number: SBIR_20_P2
Solicitation Year: 2020
Award Year: 2021
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2021-08-13
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2023-08-12
Small Business Information
5000 Gulf Freeway, Exploration Research Park, Building 4
Houston, TX 77023-4634
United States
DUNS: 081060079
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Alex Ignatiev
 (713) 202-6043
Business Contact
 Elliot Carol
Phone: (646) 455-8382
Research Institution

Lunar Resources proposes to develop, test and validate a full-scale prototype molten regolith electrolysis (MRE)nbsp;oxygen capturing, filtering and storage system (OxPS) designed during the Phase I effort. The OxPS is being developed to capturenbsp;vaporized gasses extracted from lunar regolith by an MREnbsp;(or other types of high temperature electrolytic processes). Then the OxPS will filter outnbsp;the containments to yieldnbsp; 99.5%nbsp;high-purity oxygen which is stored fornbsp;human consumption or utilized as an oxidizer for launch vehicles. In addition, the OxPS has been designednbsp;to filter any vaporized metals (Mg, Ca, etc.). The prototype OxPS being developed as part of this Phase II effort will be built at full scale and tested with anbsp;protoflight MRE system.nbsp;The success of the Phase II effort will raise the maturity of the OxPS to a TRL 5nbsp;and demonstrate the ability to capture, purify, and store oxygen extracted from an MRE technology at an industrialnbsp;scale (3,650kg oxygen per year).

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