Space Resources Program Publications
Prof. George Sowers gave a presentation entitled, “Thermal Mining of Lunar Ices” at the Future In-Space Operations (FISO) seminar series on June 24, 2020. The presentation included the latest experimental tests, comparison with thermal modeling results, and an update on the business case.
The final report of the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Phase I study, entitled: Thermal Mining of Ices on Cold Solar System Bodies has been released. The report contains a concept study and preliminary tests conducted at Colorado School of Mines to show how the Thermal Mining method could be applicable and profitable for developing lunar water ice resources.