Simulation of martian materials and resources exploitation on a variable gravity research facility

François Spiero*, David C. Dunand

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Abstract

A simulation chamber recreating most of the physico-chemical conditions of Mars (including a gravity of 0.38g) is described as part of a Variable Gravity Research Facility designed at the International Space University. Relevant experiments related to the extraction and processing of resources of the Martian soil and atmosphere are proposed. They would lead to the optimization of hardware developed for a Mars mission. Testing under simulated Martian gravity prior to a manned mission would minimize the risk of hardware malfunctioning due to the reduced gravity of Mars.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)347-360
Number of pages14
JournalScience and Technology Series
Volume90
StatePublished - Dec 1 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering

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