Contract Number: 4000111975
GSP Internal Number: 13-068-a
Lunar Polar Resource Prospecting: Processing and Analysis
Contractor: THE OPEN UNIVERSITY
Country: UK
Study Duration: 20 May 2016 - 21 April 2017
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ABSTRACT
A package is foreseen which will assess the resource utilisation potential of the lunar surface by drilling, extracting and chemically processing samples of lunar regolith before performing chemical and isotopic analysis on the derived products. In doing so the package can also address questions of fundamental scientific interest. The first platform targeted for such a package is the Russian Luna ‐ 27 (Luna ‐ Resurs) mission. The sample processing and analysis functions...read more
Executive Summary - Final

A package is foreseen which will assess the resource utilisation potential of the lunar surface by drilling, extracting and chemically processing samples of lunar regolith before performing chemical and isotopic analysis on the derived products. In doing so the package can also address questions of fundamental scientific interest. The first platform targeted for such a package is the Russian Luna27 (LunaResurs) mission. The sample processing and analysis functions of the package build on the work performed during the Lunar Volatile Resource Analysis Package study (LVRAP: contract 4000103345/11/NL/AF), which defined a miniaturised chemical laboratory, defined to quantify the resource potential of volatiles in the lunar regolith.