Non-NASA applications are directed toward small-scale terrestrial mineral processing. The LSPS can be useful in remote locations where a compact, low-power device is needed to perform dry separations for production of mineral concentrates. The LSPS can be used as a pilot scale device for process development and plant optimization, providing quick turnaround if used in conjunction with portable analysis hardware.
The primary initial application of the LSPS is for lunar particle separations in support of improving the feed to hydrogen reduction ISRU. The LSPS has direct use to improve the overall efficiency of hydrogen reduction by boosting the iron oxide content of soils. In addition, the LSPS has uses for de-dusting and optimizing particle size distribution to improve material flow properties. The LSPS can also serve as a component of a robotic lunar prospector to characterize soils and their potential for ISRU applications.