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In Situ Resource Utilization

The ISRU focus area will advance technologies for the collection, processing, storing, and use of material found or manufactured on other astronomical objects. This will require TRL maturation of various applicable technologies. Examples of topics to be explored are demonstrating systems for collecting and purifying water on the lunar surface, sorting granular lunar regolith by size, and methods for measuring mineral properties / oxygen content before and after processing.

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Karl Hibbitts

ISRU Focus Area Lead

Michael Nord

Kirby Runyon


Goals of the LSIC-ISRU Focus Group (FG) include identifying current technologies, critical challenges and technology development needs related to In-Situ Resource Utilization (ISRU) related to water-ice and other materials in lunar Permanent Shadowed Regions (PSRs) and extracting O2 and metals (or metalloids) from regolith in the illuminated terrain.


To build a community specializing in ISRU in the lunar environment, provide and maintain community recommendations, evaluations, and guides to encourage technology development, maturation and deployment.


LSIC-ISRU has one overarching multiyear goal: Enable the identification and maturation of technology needs for ISRU systems that can produce up to 10s to 100s MT/yr of H2O and/or O2 as well as potentially metals.

LSIC-ISRU currently concentrates on facilitating communications between FG members, dissemination of information into the FG and between members. NASA and private industry perspectives are melded for enabling FG members to develop a clearer path for the development and deployment of their lunar ISRU technologies.


  • Monthly meetings featuring a variety of styles (discussions, guest speakers, etc.)
  • Used community input to define subgroups. The subgroups are desired to be temporary entities to address specific goals and then subsequently to be disbanded.
  • Periodic larger meetings to address specific major objectives.

Because the lunar environment is so diverse and these differences drive specific engineering requirements. As such, the LSIC-ISRU has formed four standing, but temporary, subgroups:

Subgroup Lead Institution
O2 and MetalTBDTBD
Water-ice prospecting and miningJeff PlateWGM
Value NetworkingKartik KumarSatSearch
Facilitiesnone to be assignedn/a

ISRU meetings occur on the third Wednesday of the month at 3:00 PM ET. For meeting information and agendas, please use the LSIC Wiki on Confluence and/or sign-up for the "ISRU" Listserv.

O2 and Metals (Lead: tbd)

This description is to be filled out by Michael Nord

Waterice Prospecting and Mining (Lead: Jeff Plate)

This description is to be filled out by Karl Hibbitts

Value Networking (Lead: Kartik Kumar)

"One person's output is another's input."

Let’s develop the path towards true commercialization within the (cis)lunar economy!

We are mapping out the ecosystem of organizations that self-identify as part of the lunar economy, and characterizing their products and services at a “micro” level. Based on this characterization, we find connections with others by looking at matching inputs and outputs. “Organic” discovery of potential relationships between organizations will inform collaborations and funding for lunar-related products and services.

Crowd-sourcing via this community-driven effort is key to making this work, so the more people are hands on, the better the anticipated results!

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1AxV0-ueLwej2fgu1NgoX-BS-ANNU0e77XAXLMc6Xrq0/edit#gid=1673813611 is the link; email Kirby.Runyon@jhuapl.edu for an Excel version of this if you cannot access the Google Spreadsheet.

Facilities (Lead: tbd)

This description is to be filled out by Jodi Berdis (or Karl)

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Kickoff Telecon Notes Presentation Recording

The kickoff telecon for the ISRU Focus Group was held on Wednesday, June 17.

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