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The Space Review

Engineering Mars commercial rocket propellant production for the Big Falcon Rocket (part 2) by Steve Hoeser | Excerpt Below The RWGS itself would consist of a simple compatible metal pipe, like steel, filled with a catalyst. According to experiments done by Pioneer Astronautics in Lakewood, Colorado, the best catalyst for this reaction is silica (consisting […]

NASA Tech Briefs | Aerospace

CO2 Recovery System Puts Bubbles into Beer Technology used to capture carbon dioxide in the Martian atmosphere can save brewers money. Building on work he and his companies did with Johnson Space Center’s In Situ Resource Utilization (ISRU) team, Robert Zubrin has developed and commercialized technologies that could prove revolutionary in their Earth applications, such […]

NASA TECH BRIEFS | Robotics, Automation & Control

Lunar Materials Handling System Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas A method was developed for transfer of lunar soil into and out of process equipment. The Lunar Materials Handling System (LMHS) conveys solids to a process vessel, provides a gas-tight seal, prevents seal contamination, and minimizes wear from abrasive particles. The LMHS increases equipment […]