Plasma Catalytic Extraction of Oxygen from the Martian Atmosphere

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$100,000.00
Award Year:
2011
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NNX11CF99P
Agency Tracking Number:
104164
Solicitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Topic Code:
X1.02
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
UMPQUA Research Company
OR, Myrtle Creek, OR, 97457-0102
Hubzone Owned:
Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
068766781
Principal Investigator:
Richard Wheeler, Jr., P.E.
Principal Investigator
(541) 863-2661
rwheeler@urcmail.net
Business Contact:
John Aker
Business Official
(541) 863-2655
aker@urcmail.net
Research Institution:
Stub




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.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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