Author Topic: Mars Water-Based ISRU Architectures from RASCAL competition  (Read 1069 times)

Offline su27k

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Day 2: Mars Water-Based ISRU Architecture Theme from The National Institute of Aerospace (NIA)'s Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts - Academic Linkage (RASC-AL): https://rascal.nianet.org/2022-teams/

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University with Politecnico di Milano
Paper: https://rascal.nianet.org/wp-content/uploads/07-Embry-Riddle-Aeronautical-University-with-PdM-2022-RASCAL-Technical-Paper.pdf
Poster: https://rascal.nianet.org/wp-content/uploads/7-EmbryRiddle-and-PdM-2022-RASCAL-Poster.pdf

MIT
Paper: https://rascal.nianet.org/wp-content/uploads/08-MIT-2022-RASCAL-Technical-Paper.pdf
Poster: https://rascal.nianet.org/wp-content/uploads/8-Massachusetts-Institute-of-Technology-2022-RASCAL-Poster.pdf

University of Central Florida
Paper: https://rascal.nianet.org/wp-content/uploads/09-University-of-Central-Florida-2022-RASCAL-Technical-Paper.pdf
Poster: https://rascal.nianet.org/wp-content/uploads/9-University-of-Central-Florida-2022-RASCAL-Poster.pdf

University of Cincinnati
Paper: https://rascal.nianet.org/wp-content/uploads/10-University-of-Cincinnati-2022-RASCAL-Technical-Paper.pdf
Poster: https://rascal.nianet.org/wp-content/uploads/10-University-of-Cincinnati-2022-RASCAL-Poster.pdf
 
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with Honeybee Robotics
Paper: https://rascal.nianet.org/wp-content/uploads/11-University-of-Illinois-at-Urbana-Champaign-with-Honeybee-Robotics-2022-RASCAL-Technical-Paper.pdf
Poster: https://rascal.nianet.org/wp-content/uploads/11-University-of-Illinois-UC-2022-RASCAL-Poster.pdf

University of Puerto Rico – Mayagüez with Venturi Astrolab & Thin Red Line Aerospace
Paper: https://rascal.nianet.org/wp-content/uploads/12-UPRM-with-Venturi-Astrolab-and-Thin-Red-Line-2022-RASCAL-Technical-Paper.pdf
Poster: https://rascal.nianet.org/wp-content/uploads/12-University-of-Puerto-Rico-Mayaguez-2022-RASCAL-Poster.pdf

Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University
Paper: https://rascal.nianet.org/wp-content/uploads/13-Virginia-Tech-Project-Khione-2022-RASCAL-Technical-Paper.pdf
Poster: https://rascal.nianet.org/wp-content/uploads/13-Virginia-Tech-Mission-Khione-2022-RASCAL-Poster.pdf

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I always thought that ISRU for propellent would be impossibly difficult robotically, but reading some of these reports I'm now more inclined to think it's merely in the very difficult category. The rodwell with drill, seal, heat and pump seems the way to go. But I do wonder if the large kilopower units that they want to use will be available in a timely fashion and if anything could be made workable with  greater use of solar power?
My optimistic hope is that it will become cool to really think about things... rather than just doing reactive bullsh*t based on no knowledge (Brian Cox)

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Hello,
I am the Team Leader of the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University with Politecnico di Milano team. The Kilopower Reactors will be used on the moon (https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-announces-artemis-concept-awards-for-nuclear-power-on-moon), so the same technology will be available for Mars in the near future. As for the solar power, the greatest risk is related to the dust accumulating on top of the panels, while it being unavailable during the cold Martian nights might complex the electrical management units. 

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Hello,
I am the Team Leader of the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University with Politecnico di Milano team. The Kilopower Reactors will be used on the moon (https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-announces-artemis-concept-awards-for-nuclear-power-on-moon), so the same technology will be available for Mars in the near future. As for the solar power, the greatest risk is related to the dust accumulating on top of the panels, while it being unavailable during the cold Martian nights might complex the electrical management units.
Very interesting and encouraging that a 40kW unit is being developed for the Moon. Hopefully with the work done so far on smaller scale 1kW units will help smooth the way forward. When you say "near future" roughly what time frame? Concerning the solar panels I can see that dust is an issue and some form of nuclear power was always going to be more or less essential for some operations, but I'm surprised that nobody has managed to come up with a solution for dust via some simple form of mechanical, electrical, pneumatic or other fix.
My optimistic hope is that it will become cool to really think about things... rather than just doing reactive bullsh*t based on no knowledge (Brian Cox)

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