Developing technologies to extract and utilize metals and oxygen from martian and lunar soil, providing fuel and construction materials for future space missions.
- ISRU, Raw Materials & Mining
- Resources - Oxygen
Resources - Metal
- Raw Materials
- 4) Early stage
- First launch
Process is called Molten Regolith Electrolysis – melting the lunar regolith (soil) and electrolyzing it to separate the vast amount of oxygen from the various metals that constitute the regolith.
The Israeli company Helios, which develops technology for extracting oxygen from the lunar soil, signed the first Israeli-Japanese agreement for technological cooperation on July 19. Helios, with the support of the Israel Space Agency in the Ministry of Innovation, Science and Technology, will be integrated into the mission to the moon of the Japanese company ispace. As part of the mission, the Israeli company will conduct a demonstration of technology for extracting oxygen and metal from the lunar regolith.