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Center Innovation Fund: GRC CIF

Extraction and Capture of Water from Martian Regolith

Completed Technology Project

Project Introduction

The plan is to build and test in a relevant environment several concepts for extracting and capturing water moisture from a simulated Mars soil.  We will include tests on both bound water and hydrated minerals.  Specific objectives include:

  • Demonstrate the feasibility of novel concepts to extract water from the martian soil
  • Measure energy required to liberate the bound water and water from hydrated minerals
  • Demonstrate the feasibility of low-complexity capture of released water
  • Measure the efficiency of water extraction and capture in continuous process that does not require regolith seals.
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