Surface Power

The Surface Power (SP) Focus Area (FA) will address the technologies for generating, distributing, and storing power in the harsh lunar surface environment to arrive at power systems that enable sustained presence and exploration. Topics include fission surface power, solar power, low-temperature batteries, fuel cells, wireless transmission, long-distance transmission, power electronics, and grid-scale energy storage.

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Sean Young

LSII Power Systems Integration Lead

Samantha Andrade

LSIC Power Lead

Goals

The Surface Power FA will enable the development and maturation of technologies to supply continuous power for lunar surface missions in the near-term and in pursuit of an eventual lunar power grid. Our efforts will focus on the phased, system-level understanding needed to arrive at the capabilities identified by Moon to Mars as well as supporting the growing power demands for commercial partners.

To work towards this, we examine the intrinsic power capacities that need development as well as connect power experts to their potential user base. This approach enables us to identify near-term needs for immediate prioritization, and long-term goals that impact early investment decisions.

Activities

  • Monthly meetings featuring a variety of styles (discussions, guest speakers, etc.)
  • 1-day virtual workshop with panel discussions, breakout rooms and networking sessions

Reference Information

May 2024: LSIC Surface Power Focus Area Monthly Meeting

March 2024: LSIC Surface Power Focus Area Monthly Meeing

   

February 2024: LSIC Surface Power Focus Area Monthly Meeting

   

December 2023: Surface Power - Monthly FG Meeting

Speaker: Lindsay Kaldon

   

October 2023: Surface Power - Monthly FG Meeting

Speaker: Eric Maxeiner

   

September 2023: JOINT Surface Power & IO - Monthly FG Meeting

Speaker: Jeff Csank

   

August 2023: Surface Power - Monthly FG

Speaker: Alex Miller

   

July 2023: Power System Reliability Workshop

June 2023: Surface Power - Monthly FG

Speaker: Paul Kessler (NASA), Ali Bazzi (UConn), Marshall Porterfield (Purdue)

 

May 2023: Surface Power - Monthly FG

Speaker: Chuck Taylor (VSAT PM at NASA, Langley), Hunter Williams (VSAT PI for Honeybee Robotics), John Landreneau (VSAT PM for Astrobotic) and Ryan Wiseman (VSAT Business Lead for Lockheed Martin)

   

April 2023: Surface Power - Monthly FG

Speaker: Art Witulski (Vanderbilt), Philip Lubin (USCB), and Jin Wang (OSU)

   

March 2023: Surface Power - Monthly FG

Speaker: Akin Akturk of CoolCAD

   

February 2023: Surface Power - Monthly FG

Speaker: Mark Storm

   

January 2023: Surface Power - Monthly FG

Speaker: Peter McGrath, Joe Halackna, Mikaela Blood, and Lee Mason

   

December 2022: Surface Power - Monthly FG

   

November 2022: LSIC Fall Meeting

Speaker: Dr. Steve Robinson

November 2022: Surface Power - Monthly FG

   

September 2022: Surface Power + MOSA - Monthly FG

   

August 2022: Surface Power - Monthly FG

   

July 2022: Low Temperature Sub-kW Power and Energy Storage for the Lunar Surface

June 2022: Surface Power - Monthly FG

May 2022: Surface Power - Monthly FG

Speaker: TBD

   

May 2022: LSIC Spring Meeting

Speaker: Robert D. Cabana

April 2022: Surface Power - Monthly FG

Speaker: Ansel Barchowsky (NASA JPL)

   

April 2022: Surface Power Summer Workshop Planning

April 2022: MOSA Working Group

Speaker: Chad Thrasher

March 2022: Surface Power - Monthly FG

Speaker: Ian Jakupca (NASA GRC)

   

February 2022: Surface Power - Monthly FG

   

January 2022: Surface Power - Monthly FG

Speaker: Anthony Calomino

   

December 2021: ISRU + SP Joint Meeting

November 2021: LSIC Surface Power Monthly FG

November 2021: Lunar Surface Innovation Consortium Fall Meeting

September 2021: LSIC Surface Power Monthly FG

   

August 2021: Surface Power - Monthly FG

   

July 2021: LSIC Power Beaming Workshop

June 2021: Surface Power - Monthly FG

   

May 2021: Special Joint LSIC SP-EE-DM Meeting on Vertical Solar Array Technology

April 2021: Surface Power - Monthly FG

   

March 2021: Surface Power - Monthly FG

   

February 2021: Surface Power - Monthly FG

 

January 2021: Surface Power - Monthly FG

   

November 2020: Surface Power - Monthly FG

   

October 2020: Lunar Surface Innovation Consortium Virtual Fall Meeting

Speaker: Jim Bridenstine

September 2020: Surface Power Monthly FG

 

August 2020: Surface Power - Monthly FG

   

July 2020: Surface Power - Monthly FG

   

June 2020: Kickoff Surface Power - Monthly FG

 

February 2020: Lunar Surface Innovation Consortium National Kickoff Meeting

Speaker: Steve Jurczyk

Samantha Andrade

Matt Clement

Joseph Kozak

James Mastandrea

Julie Peck

Claire Trop

Sean Young

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