Abstract

The purpose of the following research is to explore molten regolith electrolysis (MRE) methodology for in-situ resource utilization (ISRU) of Highlands lunar regolith, to be explored during the initial Artemis missions. An analysis of potential commercial launch providers for MRE-equipment based on technology-readiness level (TRL), payload mass support, and $ USD/kg payload price is provided. SpaceX is ultimately proposed as a launch provider of MRE equipment following multi-factorial analysis, with the SpaceX Starship human landing system (HLS) variant proposed for supporting MRE payload. Finally, customers of regolith-derived oxygen, aluminum, and silicon are distinguished to form the business case for operating MRE equipment on the lunar surface.

Thesis Completion

2021

Semester

Fall

Thesis Chair

Britt, Daniel

Degree

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

College

College of Sciences

Department

Physics

Language

English

Access Status

Open Access

Release Date

12-1-2021

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