Manufacturing Sensors in Space Using Celestial Body Regolith

  • Methods for using in-space regolith to create sensors for temperature, damage, and pressure
  • Leverages in-situ resources available during lunar and planetary missions
  • Reduces the dependency on Earth’s resources and minimizes payloads launched from Earth

Abstract
The University of Central Florida invention describes methods for using in-situ resources from the regolith of a celestial body (such as a moon, planet or asteroid) to design and engineer sensors for temperature, damage and pressure. These regolith materials have thermal and optical properties that could enable noncomplex, additive manufacturing of vital components during space missions.

Partnering Opportunity

The research team is seeking partners for licensing and/or research collaboration.

Stage of Development

Prototype available.

Contact Information

Name: Andrea Adkins

Email: Andrea.Adkins@ucf.edu

Phone: 407.823.0138