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Design Investigation of Lunar Water Extraction

Kiewiet, Luca and Heitkamp, Mart and Kalis, Christoph and Zabel, Paul (2023) Design Investigation of Lunar Water Extraction. Space Resources Week 2023, 19-21 April 2023, Luxembourg.

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Abstract

Water is an essential resource for space exploration, for both robotic and human exploration. It is foreseen that in the future, these resources can be used to produce rocket propellant by electrolyzing water into its components Hydrogen and Oxygen or by astronauts for drinking water and breathable oxygen. This Space Resource Utilisation (SRU) would reduce the cost of spacefaring significantly. Recent discoveries have confirmed the presence of ice at the Lunar south pole. In this work, which is a continuation of the work presented in [1], the design parameters of 4 types of methods for thermal water extraction on the Moon are investigated. These methods are the in-situ surface heating method, the in-situ heated rods method, and the crucible method in different variations, as can be seen in figure 1. The goal is to find the most optimal way to extract water from the lunar surface. Additionally, this poster will present some early results from the EU LUWEX project.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/196274/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Title:Design Investigation of Lunar Water Extraction
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Kiewiet, LucaUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Heitkamp, MartUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Kalis, ChristophUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Zabel, PaulUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-7907-9230UNSPECIFIED
Date:April 2023
Refereed publication:No
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In SCOPUS:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Status:Published
Keywords:Moon, Water extraction, Design optimization
Event Title:Space Resources Week 2023
Event Location:Luxembourg
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:19-21 April 2023
Organizer:ESRIC
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:other
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R - no assignment
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - no assignment
Location: Bremen
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Space Systems > System Analysis Space Segment
Deposited By: Kiewiet, Luca
Deposited On:28 Jul 2023 08:47
Last Modified:28 Jul 2023 08:47

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