The Technology Transfer and Partnerships Office
1st ISRU Surface Operations Analog Field Test

Field Location: Mauna Kea, Hawaii                               Field Dates: October 30 – November 15, 2008

Participation: 5 NASA centers, 2 International Space Agencies, 7 companies, 2 Universities.

  • Demonstrate End-to-End Feasibility of ISRU at System Level
  • Begin Integration and Partnership with other NASA projects funded by the Exploration Technology Development Program and with International Space Agencies.

Field Test Objectives:
  • Mobile Resource Characterization & Oxygen Demonstration (RESOLVE / Scarab)
    • Demonstrate resource prospecting, site surveying, and oxygen production
    • Demonstrate hardware integration and mobile surface operations
    • Opportunistic Demos: Hand-held Raman spectrometer (Canadian Space Agency), Mossbauer spectrometer (Johnson Space Center) on Cratos rover, CHEMIN X-ray diffractometer/X-ray Fluorometer (Ames Research Center/Los Alamos National Lab)
  • OPTIMA (ISRU End-to-End Outpost Scale Oxygen Production & Storage Field Test)
    • Demonstrate excavation and regolith delivery to ISRU plant
    • Demonstrate oxygen extraction from regolith at outpost production rate
    • Demonstrate system integration, modularity for swapping functional elements, and surface operations
  • Demonstrate partnership with international Space Agencies (Canadian Space Agency and DLR (Germany)), the State of Hawaii, and the Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems (PISCES)