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Moon Express to mine hydroxyl from the moon and provide it to fuel orbital and other space missions

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Posted in Science on 31st Aug, 2016 11:12 PM by AlexMuller

The Hydroxyl present on the lunar surface is roughly 10 million tonnes at any instant, and much more over the Moon’s history. The OH/H2O inside the Moon is also in huge abundance, estimated as 40 trillion to quadrillions of tonnes.

 

A reasonable estimate of water ever delivered to the lunar surface by comets and asteroids is 0.1–6 trillion tonnes, with perhaps 10–100 billion tonnes not lost to ionization on impact. 

 
Moon Express plans to create a robotic lunar hydroxyl mining machine. It will fill a small fuel tank then it will launch into lunar orbit.
 
A second lunar robot lander will use the lunar orbit fuel to lower the cost. Then there will two robotic lunar lander-miners. This will continue to four then eight lunar landers and a large lunar orbit fuel depot.
 
Then when the setup is large enough a lunar fuel depot will be towed to low earth orbit where it will be a low earth or other earth orbit fuel depot where it can sold to other companies and missions.
 
The cost of space exploration would then approach the cost of launching to earth orbit.

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Author: Guest
Posted: 2016-09-01
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One indisputable limitation of space explorations is the cost. If this idea, to make fuel in space from resources on the moon and use them for missions, proves feasible it would be a significant step in lowering the costs Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2016-09-01
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Robotic mining machine proposed by Moon Express could have, as a concept, many applications - making fuel and establishing a fuel depot would prove the concept Reply


 

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