Lunar Regolith & Simulant Users Survey

Lunar Regolith & Simulant Users' Survey

The purpose of this survey is to assimilate lunar regolith simulant requirements as well as Apollo sample requests for the ETDP and Constellation projects and test facilities. Lunar simulants will be needed for development testing as well as verification and certification of hardware and human health. Your input will assist the simulant developers in determining when and what types (fidelities) and quantities of simulants will be needed based upon your objectives and uses of the simulant.

User Background Information
1. Project Name:
2. Project Description:

3. Point of Contact:
                       First Name         Last Name
      
Area Code   Phone Number   E-Mail Address
             
Alternate Point of Contact:
                       First Name         Last Name
      
Area Code   Phone Number   E-Mail Address
             
4. What project within Constellation does your work support? Check all that apply:
Ares Launch Vehicle
Orion Crew Vehicle
Altair Lunar Lander
Surface Systems
Other   Please specify:


5. What project within ETDP does your work support? Hold Ctrl and click for multiple selections.
6. Describe how your project will utilize Regolith Simulant or Lunar Regolith (Apollo Samples).
7. Specify project or task schedule dates that are drivers for simulant or regolith needs. (Ex: Lab tests, demos, PDR, CDR, etc.)
8. Do simulant and/or Regolith Apollo sample requirements change based on schedule dates? (ie., Does the simulant fidelity required increase as hardware development proceeds?)

Simulants
9. Please fill out the amount of simulant needed using the following example.
 
Quantity (kg)
12 kg
Date Required
12/01/08
Purpose
Oxygen Extraction
Location
MSFC

  Quantity (kg) Date Required Purpose Location
1st Order:
2nd Order:
3rd Order:
More / Special Instructions:
10. Does your project have different simulant requirements during the life of the project? If so, please explain:
Lunar Regolith Simulant Requirements:
11. Which simulant characteristics are important to your project or activity. (Check all that apply)
Physical- size, shape, hardness(used for excavation, flow, abrasion)
Mineral/chemical - minerals, hardness (used for reactors)
Thermal - emissitivity, conduction (used for reactors, heat exchange, sintering)
Electrostatic - (used for attraction, grounding, shorts, communication interference)
Magnetic - (used for attraction/removal, microwave sintering)
Bulk - Density, compaction, tractability (used for rover/wheel interaction, digging)
12. Mark any of the following which may be of concern for design or health issues:
Size not visible with the human eye Sand on 150 grade sand paper size
Smoke particle size Fine sand
Dust layer on table size Course sand
Cement powder size Other (please identify) 
13. Identify the regolith properties that are important to your work. (Check all that apply)
 
 
14. Are there any specific elements (chlorine, fluorine, etc.) or minerals (ilmenite, etc.) or glass that are important and of concern to your research/work? If so, please identify them.
15. Are there any other simulant characteristics/attributes that are needed for your applications?
16. Do you plan to reuse the simulant during testing?
Yes No     If so, please explain:
Process

17. Does your project involve using simulants in a chemical process such as oxygen production?
If so, please specify process (e.g. H2 reduction, carbothermal, etc.)

Yes No     If so, please explain:
18. Does your project involve using simulants in a chemical process such as propellant production?
Yes No     If so, please explain:
19. Does your project involve a manufacturing process such as glass or semiconductor substrate production?
Yes No     If so, please explain:
20. Does your project involve a construction process such as brick or road production?
Yes No     If so, please explain:
21. Does your project involve an excavation process such as burying items or moving dirt for berms etc.?
Yes No     If so, please explain:
22. Does your project involve a mobility process such as transportation (rovers) etc.?
Yes No     If so, please explain:
23. Any other processes not covered above?
Yes No     If so, please explain:
Lunar Regolith (Apollo Samples) Requirements
Note: Per direction, we have been requested to collect regolith requirements but have no influence over the CAPTEM Board (Curation and Analysis Planning Team for Extraterrestrial Materials).
24. Quantity Needed:
25. Need by (date):
26. How will the Apollo samples be used?
27. Will this be for development testing or verification/certification testing?
28. Do you expect the sample(s) to be returned intact or destroyed?
29. Additional Comments / Questions:


This file cannot be saved, so please make a copy/print for your records.

Thank you for your input. We will contact you should we have any questions regarding your responses.


Contact Information:

Technical:

Dr. Doug Rickman
Lead Project Scientist for Simulants
256-961-7889
Doug.Rickman@nasa.gov

Christian Schrader
Geologist
256-961-7883
Christian.M.Schrader@nasa.gov

Project:

Carole McLemore
MSFC Project Manager, ISRU and Dust
256-544-2314
Carole.A.McLemore@nasa.gov

John Fikes
MSFC Deputy Project Manager, ISRU and Dust
256-544-5570
John.C.Fikes@nasa.gov

Check out the simulant website at:
http://isru.msfc.nasa.gov

Thank you for completing the survey!



Date last revised: 03/25/09