Next Meeting---Oxygen from Moon Dust; The Chemistry Prospective
The Calgary Space Workers Society is proud to be a contender of the MoonROx Challenge and are driving forward for the $250,000 prize money that awaits. The challenge is to get 2.5 km of oxygen from 100km of regolith (moon dust) simulant within 4 hours. We know that this is within our reach and intend to see it through. David Playfair our ships surgeon and commander is confident that with the help of our engineers he will make this challenge a reality and will head up the project. At our next meeting David Playfair will set the tone for the vision and allow a feel for the project that will be seen clearer and more possible than at first glance.
Commander Playfair will do a presentation on chemistry that will edge us closer to the process involved in extracting the oxygen. He will show us why it is not an unlikely vision and a hands-on approach will pay off in the end. Commander Playfair will also give his presentation on chemistry to overlap with his previous presentation on the chemical composition of moon dust. Touching also on some of the previous uses of our solar panels and how they are presently becoming seen, as the answer to our power plant needs.
The Florida Space Research Institute and NASA's Centennial Challenges program are sponsoring the MoonROx Challenge to advance the state-of-the-art in oxygen production from lunar regolith. This competition will feature a $250,000 (US) cash for a team that demonstrates a capability to extract 2.5 kilograms of oxygen from a regolith (moon dust) simulant (JSC-1a) within a four-hour period. We at the Calgary Space Workers Society will start with our own before using the JSC-1a formula. Ours is identical except for the age of the basalt in which we don’t know if ours is 12 million years old or a less.
This is a "First to Demonstrate" competition format; the first team that get the amount required or better and whose hardware remains operable for long-term use, while satisfying the other MoonROx Challenge rules, will be the winner of the $250,000.00 MoonROx prize.Extract 2.5 kg of oxygen from 100 kg of moon dirt in 4 hours or less to win $250,000.00 (US)
For the location of our meetings and our Research & Development Centre contact an active member to be nominated to join our society or contact Captain, Michael Bakk with your CV or background information for membership nomination