Plasma Catalytic Extraction of Oxygen from the Martian Atmosphere

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX11CF99P
Agency Tracking Number: 104164
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solitcitation Year: 2010
Solitcitation Topic Code: X1.02
Solitcitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
UMPQUA Research Company
OR, Myrtle Creek, OR, 97457-0102
Duns: 068766781
Hubzone Owned: Y
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Richard Wheeler, Jr., P.E.
 Principal Investigator
 (541) 863-2661
 rwheeler@urcmail.net
Business Contact
 John Aker
Title: Business Official
Phone: (541) 863-2655
Email: aker@urcmail.net
Research Institution
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Abstract
Plasma catalytic techniques are proposed for the extraction of oxygen from the abundant carbon dioxide contained in the Martian atmosphere (95% CO2).. The Phase I project will clearly demonstrate the feasibility of achieving these goals by focussing on key aspects of the technology, such as efficient microwave plasma catalytic conversion at relevant pressures and processing rates. The Phase II program will advance the technology through a more in depth development effort to the point where a fully functional prototype will be assembled and tested. Successful culmination of this effort will result in a self contained, energy efficient technique that can be utilized in robotic precursor missions to Mars to stockpile oxygen in support of future manned missions to the planet.

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