Regolith to Rebar: ISRU - E&C Metal Workshop

Wednesday, February 23, 2022

Venue: Virtual

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The Lunar Surface Innovation Consortium (LSIC) is hosting a one-day virtual workshop that looks into the supply and demand sides of in-situ derived metals and metalloids that are derived from O2-extraction technologies. We plan to bring together lunar In-Situ Resource Utilization (ISRU) developers to represent the supply side and Excavation & Construction (E&C) focus group participants to represent the demand side, in an early attempt to link the in-situ production, the processing and the use/consumption of metals and metal-like by-products that result from O2 production technologies on the lunar surface. The workshop will consist of 10-minute long talks from the two perspectives, followed by a panel discussion accompanied by an interactive Miro board session(s) in tandem. This workshop is intended to lay the foundation for the development of an eco-system in this nascent field of lunar ISRU metals and to strengthen public-private partnership. Our over-arching goal is to develop a common and realistic mutual understanding of what is possible for metal ISRU in the near-term (next 5-10 years). Some issues to be addressed include:

  • Discuss infrastructural needs for the use of metals. What kinds, how much, and in what shape and form?
  • Discuss the usefulness of the ‘low hanging fruit’ resulting from current O2 extraction processes. What these products will be, how useful would they be, and if modest post-processing can be effective?
  • Discuss feasibility of metal-specific manufacturing processes on lunar surface.
  • Develop concepts for how to integrate the two sides, including identifying possible roles for NASA.
  • Identify gaps and challenges in metal construction on lunar surface.
  • Discuss economic feasibility of metallic yields and any desired associated additional processing, including areas ripe for improvement.

Registration is required, and the deadline to sign up is 15 February.

Event Details

Date: Wednesday, February 23, 2022

Time: Eastern Standard Time

Location: Virtual

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