Lunar Liquid Oxygen Production Facilities

by John Pulley, Rockwell Int, Downey, United States,
Chava Goodman, Rockwell Int, Downey, United States,
Al Tanner, Rockwell Int, Downey, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Engineering, Construction, and Operations in Space III


Production of oxygen beyond Earth's gravity well has been shown to be an economic asset for interplanetary travel using chemical combustion propulsion. Requirements for lunar liquid oxygen (LLOX) are presented that support Earth/Moon - Mars transportation. A phased build up of lunar based infrastructure is presented that utilizes advanced lunar regolith processing technology. A magma electrolysis design concept is described. The phased base layout is presented and the final operations plan is shown. The ISMU zone shown consists of all elements required to process regolith into LLOX including mining, screening, processing, byproduct processing, liquifying and storage. Basing plan elements are described and their delivery requirements are shown. Masses for the concepts are discussed and total deliverables are listed. Power requirements and generation plans are described.

Subject Headings: Moon | Lunar materials | Space exploration | Chemical elements | Combustion | Basins | Power plants | Flight

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