Company - Space Mining Technologies
- Space Resources
- Resources - Oxygen
- Early stage
- First launch
Water is the most valuable resource enabling permanent human presence in outer space. Water is vital for astronauts to drink, extensively used in life-support systems, and an ideal mean for radiation shielding.
Additionally, we intend to split water molecules into oxygen and hydrogen to support fuel cell based energy storage systems and for indigenous rocket propellant production (several tons of O2 and H2). This is will be a billion dollars market. This is why Space Mining Technologies will be your water and fuel station on the Moon.
At SMT, we are developing payloads capable of extracting and processing extra-terrestrial material and turn it into useful resources. Our primary activities are related to:
- Water extraction from ice-deposits;
- Oxygen propellant production from lunar dust;
- Sintering of lunar regolith into construction bricks;.
We reached Technology Readiness Level 2 for water extraction technologies from ice-deposits, and we are now moving forward on to TRL3.
Autonomous Navigation has received increasing attention in many domains and industries including space exploration. As vehicles and drones in daily life are reaching full autonomy in high-density traffic areas, the mobility of planetary rovers is still in the “stone age” with only a few meters covered by day. At SMT, our focus lies on developing and implementing autonomous navigation systems for planetary rovers. We aim to improve cruise speed by a factor 1000, to reach full autonomy and speed of 5 km/h.