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Ultra-Electrical-Efficient Process to Perform Regolith Additive Manufacturing of Complex Structures

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: 80NSSC23CA113
Agency Tracking Number: 222040
Amount: $849,999.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: Z14
Solicitation Number: SBIR_22_P2
Solicitation Year: 2022
Award Year: 2023
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2023-06-30
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2025-06-29
Small Business Information
6721 Portwest Drive
Houston, TX 77024-8057
United States
DUNS: 081060079
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Peter Curreri
 (646) 455-8382
Business Contact
 Elliot Carol
Phone: (646) 455-8382
Research Institution

Lunar Resources, an Americannbsp;pioneering space industrial companynbsp;proposes to NASAnbsp; the maturation of the Pulsed Electrical Discharge Additive Manufacturing Lunar Surface Construction system (PE3D-LSC). A novelnbsp;additive manufacturingnbsp;system optimized fornbsp;lunar regolith and the lunar environment. The technology does not use binders or reagents to additively manufacture unadulterated regolith and is highly power efficient. During the Phase I effort, the technology was shown to successfully melt lunar regolith in air and vacuum with a quarter of the power required by state-of-the-art laser systems. In addition, a uniquenbsp;regolith feed system was also successfully tested to be able to feed the PE3D-LSC with regolith without mechanical mechanisms. nbsp;During the Phase II effort, the PE3D-LSC will be advanced, with a focus on reducing power input and increasing quality of regolith additive manufacturing parts/structurednbsp;in vacuum tonbsp;enablenbsp;the additive manufacture of lunar structures from regolith innbsp;geometries and complexity not before possible on the Moon.

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