NASA has selected two proposals related to in-situ resource utilization for funding under its Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. The space agency will enter into negotiations with two companies for contracts worth up to $750,000 apiece over two years.
The selected proposals include:
- In-Situ Ethylene and Methane Production from CO2 as Plastic Precursors — Opus 12, Inc., Berkeley, CA
- Extraterrestrial Metals Processing — Pioneer Astronautics, Lakewood, CO
NASA has selected eight research projects focused on in-situ resource utilization for funding under its Small Business Innovation Research Phase I program.
The selected projects include:
- Extraterrestrial Metals Processing — Pioneer Astronautics
- Robotic ISRU Construction of Planetary Landing and Launch Pad — Honeybee Robotics
- Extruded Clay-Based Regoliths for Construction on Mars, Phobos and NEAs — Deep Space Industries
- In-Situ Generation of Polymer Concrete Construction Materials — Luna Innovations
- ISP3: In-Situ Printing Plastic Production System for Space Additive Manufacturing — Altius Space Machines
- Compact In-Situ Polyethylene Production from Carbon Dioxide — Opus 12
- Micro-Channel Reactor for Processing Carbon Dioxide to Ethylene — Reactive Innovations
- OpenSWIFT-SDR for STRS Polyethylene Production from In-Situ Resources in Microchannel Reactors — TDA Research
Full descriptions of the projects are below.