- Space Resources
- Resources - Asteroid Mining
ISRU (In Situ Resource Utilization)
- Early stage
- First launch
- Not announced
We are a resource company committed to providing water to customers in space from natural resources in space. To accomplish this, we are integrating TRL7-9 technology from the natural resource and space industries to accelerate the R&D process to develop extractive, filtration, and transportation processes that can work autonomously in Lunar conditions.
The first step in developing the ice resource on the Moon into usable water is completely understanding its properties and the environment we will be operating in. While there is evidence of low grade (5% water by weight) surface ice in the Permenety Shadows Regions of the lunar south pole, LWSC is interested in high-grade subsurface deposits.
We are partnering with universities to develop the sensor, techniques, and protecting tools to completely characterize the resource and develop a reserve study. LWSC will integrate technologies from across Canada to develop stationary and mobile platforms that are capable of characterizing the subsurface to provide information on the location, size, shape, and recoverable amount of water on the Moon. Our roadmap consists of indirect (seismic, GPR, gravimetric) and direct (resistivity, spectrometry, neutron detection) exploration of the lunar subsurface. We are anticipating the need for several rover and drilling missions to properly characterize the resource and are coordinating our supply chain to accommodate a prospecting program rather than one-off missions.
The information will be analyzed by planetary scientists, resource geologists, and our own in-house software to create resource certainty and develop inputs to the engineering phase. Once we have sufficient data that confirms our business case we will begin initial engineering of our water extraction, purification, and storage technology.
Engineering and Construction
The lunar surface is the ultimate extreme environment. It’s a harsh landscape that fluctuates hundreds of degrees in temperature every 14 days and is covered in highly abrasive regolith. There is no atmosphere and the gravity is 16% that of Earth's. A challenge that LWSC sees as an opportunity.
Humanity has learned how to develop resources in deserts, forests, tundras, mountains and oceans. The Moon is extreme, but it’s not impossible. Currently, the natural resource supply chain has parts and equipment that can operate on any corner of the globe. Using the information gained in the prospecting phase, we will develop specifications and datasheets for the equipment we require. We will seek out partnerships and co-development opportunities with manufacturers and suppliers to create a robust lunar resource supply chain that we can leverage for equipment and spare parts. Our goal is to create a supply chain that can provide pumps, values, power systems, and instrumentation that focuses on:
With a combination of private investment and government support, we will integrate and test these systems on Earth, with several demonstration missions to de-risk the technology. Once we are confident in subsystem operations we will begin tooling a facility to create our processing plant in several modules to be connected on the surface of the Moon. These modules will be build to lunar specifications, tested and space rated by aerospace professionals, and transporter to the surface using commercial transportation.
Mining and Processing
Our extraction process requires minimal surface hardware, greatly reducing the amount of material we need to transport from Earth to the Moon. Lowering our transport costs allows us to provide more water per tonne of equipment than our competitors, resulting in higher long-term ROI. This process can be grown with parallel facilities, meeting the increasing demand in the future.
Our plan is to directionally drill into the ice reserve and use the surrounding geology as a pressure chamber to melt the ice and pump it to the surface. This will give us access to huge amounts of resources without having to move around the surface like a bucket and shovel operation. The water will then be processed to international standards and stored until a client takes possession of the water. The transaction will take place on a landing pad where space tankers will deliver the water to its destination.