Mines team wins award in NASA’s 2023 BIG Idea Challenge

Mar 2, 2023 | News

A group of students from the Mines Space Resources Graduate program was one of seven teams selected to develop concepts supporting metal production on the Moon in NASA’s 2023 Breakthrough, Innovative and Game-Changing (BIG) Idea Challenge.  The proposed Lunar Alloy Metal Production Plant (LAMPP) project is a self-contained, scalable,deployable metal production system designed for use in the lunar environment. It is based off the nascent technology of Molten Regolith Electrolysis (MRE), which has been proposed as a possible method to extract metals and oxygen on the lunar surface. LAMPP is composed of Peter Corwin, Kyla Edison, Ian Jehn, Gustavo Jamanca Lino, David Purcell, and Adam Williams.  Prof. Chris Dryer and George Sowers will serve as faculty advisors.