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Lunar ISRU Demonstration Mission Definition Study Segment 1

Mon, 03/09/2020 - 11:26
Contract Nr.: 
GSP Ident.: 
Lunar Lander
OHB System AG
Politechnico di Milano
Blue Horizon
Start Date: 
Monday, February 19, 2018
End Date: 
Wednesday, September 18, 2019

The contract was part of the broader framework of two ESA-led mission study teams performing parallel and independent activities to establish the mission concept, considering the ISRU payload (Segment 1), the delivery service (lander, Segment 2) and the communication service (Segment 3).

In this context the scope of the OHB Italia contract activities was related to the definition of the ISRU Payload.

‘ISRU’ is the generic acronym for In-Situ Resource Utilization addressing the ways of exploiting local (lunar, planetary, asteroids) resources for the purpose of supporting and sustaining the future human exploration missions with material and consumables. For the mission addressed in this study the resource to be considered is the lunar regolith which can provide the oxygen it contains in its minerals. The in-situ production of oxygen (and thus also water) could eventually be used in life support systems in human exploration missions as well as for the production of propellants avoiding the need to transport these materials from Earth.

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