LASER System Final Report

LASER System Final Report

The Lunar Autonomous Scalable Emitter and Receiver (LASER) system, a project between the Colorado School of Mines, the University of Arizona, and sponsored by the Colorado Space Grant Consortium has released its LASER Final Report (12-2020).  This project is part of the NASA 2020 Big Idea Challenge and is focused on developing a wireless laser power transmission system to supply power for operations in ice-bearing permanently shadowed regions to enable lunar resource extraction.

Sowers, Dreyer, and Abbud-Madrid participate in lunar propellant study

Sowers, Dreyer, and Abbud-Madrid participate in lunar propellant study

A group of industry, government, and academic experts have just released the Commercial Lunar Propellant Architecture study, which looks at the approach, challenges, and payoffs of a private business that harvests and processes lunar ice as the foundation of a lunar, cislunar, and Earth-orbiting economy. Professors George Sowers, Chris Dreyer, and Angel Abbud-Madrid contributed to various technical and economic analyses of the study.

Recent Publications


  • Proctor, N., Shojaeddini, E., Abbud-Madrid, A., Maniloff, P., and Lange, I., “Feasibility of Space Solar Power for Remote Mining Operations,” Acta Astronautica, 186, pp. 183-189, 2021.

  • Cannon, K. M., A. N. Deutsch, J. W. Head, and D. T. Britt., Stratigraphy of ice and ejecta deposits at the lunar poles. Geophysical Research Letters, e2020GL088920, 2020.

  • Atkinson, J., Prasad, M., Abbud-Madrid, A., and Dreyer, C. B., “Penetration and Relaxation Behavior of JSC-1A Lunar Regolith Simulant under Cryogenic Conditions,” 2020, Icarus, 346, 113812.

  • Cannon, K. M., and D. T. Britt. Accessibility dataset for large permanent cold traps at the lunar poles. Earth and Space Science, e2020EA001291, 2020.

  • Cannon, K. M., and D. T. Britt. A Geologic Model for Lunar Ice Deposits at Mining Scales. Icarus, 347, 113778, 2020.

  • Christensen, I., Lange, I., Sowers, G., Abbud-Madrid, A., and Bazilian, M., “New Policies Needed to Advance Space Mining,” Issues in Science and Technology, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, p.26, Vol. XXXV, No. 2, Winter 2019.

  • Lo, Y. H., C.-T. Liao, J. Zhou, A. Rana, C. S. Bevis, G. Gui, B. Enders, K. M. Cannon, Y.-S. Yu, R. Celestre, K. Nowrouzi, D. Shapiro, H. Kapteyn, R. Falcone, C. Bennett, M. Murnane, and J. Miao. Multimodal x-ray and electron microscopy of the Allende meteorite. Science Advances, 5, eaax3009, 2019.

  • Sowers, G. F., and Dreyer, C. B., “Ice Mining in Lunar Permanently Shadowed Regions.” New Space 7, no. 4: 235-244, 2019.

  • Rostami, J., C. Dreyer, C. B., R. Duhme, and B. Khorshidi. “Challenges of designing a Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) for development of underground structures on the Moon.” In Tunnels and Underground Cities. Engineering and Innovation Meet Archaeology, Architecture and Art, pp. 4206-4217. CRC Press, 2019.

  • Kornuta, D., Abbud-Madrid, A., Atkinson, J., Barr, J., Barnhard, G., Bienhoff, D., Blair, B., Clark, V., Cyrus, J., DeWitt, B., Dreyer, C., Finger, B., Goff, J., Ho, K., Kelsey, L., Kervala, J., Kutter, B., Metzger, P., Montgomery, L., Morrison, P., Neal, C., Otto, E., Roesler, G., Schier, J., Seifert, B., Sowers, G., Spudis, P., Sundahl, M., Zacny, K., Zhu, G. Commercial lunar propellant architecture: A collaborative study of lunar propellant production. REACH 13, 100026, 2019

  • Sercel, J., C. Dreyer, C. B., O. Walton, S. Love, A. Longman, and H. Williams. “Microgravity Granular Material Research Facility for ISS.” International Journal of Geomechanics (2019).

  • Abbud-Madrid, A., “Space and Planetary Resources,” chapter of book entitled Planetary Geology, Rossi, A. P. and Van Gasselt, S., Editors, Springer, 2018.

  • Bernardini, F., Putzig, N., Petersen, E., Abbud-Madrid, A., and Giacinti, V., Implications for Resource Utilization on Mars: Recent Discoveries and Hypotheses, Journal of the British Interplanetary Society, 71, 186–189, 2018.

  • Dreyer, C. B., Abbud-Madrid, A., Atkinson, J., Lampe, A., Markley, T., Williams, H., McDonough, K., Canney, T., and Haines, J., “A New Experimental Capability for the Study of Regolith Surface Physical Properties to Support Science, Space Exploration, and In Situ Resource Utilization (ISRU),” Review of Scientific Instruments 89, 064502, 2018.

  • Sowers, G., Mining the Moon for Fun and Profit, ROOM, Fall Edition, 2018.

  • C. Sercel, C. E. Peterson, D. T. Britt, C. B. Dreyer, R. Jedicke, S. G. Love and O. Walton. Practical Applications of Asteroidal ISRU in Support of Human Exploration. In  Primitive Meteorites and Asteroids  (pp. 477-524). Elsevier, 2018.

  • Sowers, G., Creating a Viable Cislunar Economy, ROOM, Winter Edition, 2018.

  • Bernardini, F., Sidney, W. P., Abbud-Madrid, A., Putzig, N. E., Clark, R. N., Perry, M. R., and Smith, I. B., Mars Prospector: Leading the Way to In-Situ Resource Utilization on the Red Planet, 69th International Astronautical Congress, Paper IAC-18, D3, 3, x47522, 6 pp., 2018.

  • Gertsch, L., Abbud-Madrid, A., Dreyer, C., Jedicke, R., Krot, A., Linne, D., Mantovani, J., Schlesinger, M., Sercel, J., and Unobe, E., “Producing Volatiles from Asteroid Simulants: Preliminary Results”, Paper AIAA-2017-0652, 10th Symposium on Space Resource Utilization, AIAA SciTech Forum, 2017.

  • Abbud-Madrid, A., Beaty, D.W., Boucher, D., Bussey, B., Davis, R., Gertsch, L. , Hays, L.E., Kleinhenz, J., Meyer, M.A., Moats, M., Mueller, R.P., Paz, A., Suzuki, N., van Susante, P., Whetsel, C., and Zbinden, E.A., Report of the Mars Water In-Situ Resource Utilization (ISRU) Planning (M-WIP) Study, 90 p., Mars Exploration Program Analysis Group, 2016.

  • Sercel, J., Dreyer, C.B., Abbud-Madrid, A., Britt, D., Jedicke, R., Gertsch, L.S., and Love, S.G., “A Coordinated Research Program to Develop the Technology to Optically Mine Asteroids,” ASCE Earth and Space, 2016.

  • C. B. Dreyer, K. Zacny, J. P.H. Steele, J. R. Schwendeman, G. Paulsen, R. C. Andersen, and J. Skok, Development of a thin section device for space exploration: Overview and system performance estimates, Advances in Space Research, 51(9), 1659-1673, 10.1016/j.asr.2012.12.012, 2013.