Man's next step, mine the moon.

We stand on the cusp of a new revolution, one where early innovators of commercial space will capitalize on new technological advances, meet material demands to create environmental sustainability, and build spacecraft to transport populations into orbit that drive the exploration, exploitation, and habitation of our solar system. 

What's stopping us?

Our greatest limitations to advancing into space exploration are the high cost of  launching heavy essential materials and heavy payloads from Earth. (currently $22,000 /kg) The ability to extract raw materials from the Lunar surface such as water and iron, would form the base of this infrastructure and processing these resources at an advanced space exploration site into useful products such as propellants, breathable oxygen, and power system consumables is known as In-Situ Resource Utilization.

"If we are going to explore Mars in a safe and sustainable way, we will require a strong in-situ resource utilization capability and significant technology development using the surface of the Moon."

Jim Bridenstine, NASA Director
in response to the 2019 NASA Authorization Bill 

The ability to extract or produce large amounts of oxygen and water in-situ could minimize the need to maintain closed life support air and water processing system cycles, change thermal properties and provide radiation protection of habitats, and would influence propellant selection to lunar orbital platforms as gateway for refueling depots and staging areas in traveling to Mars and deep space.  

Come join us

Planetoid Mines provides the technological mining infrastructure to manage ISRU production, providing life essential resources of fuel, water, oxygen, and other mined resources, to cislunar refueling depots, lunar gateway outpost and orbiting satellites.

Watch how we'll do it.

Click to watch the PBS NOVA: "Back to the Moon" episode that highlights information about the mission and strategy to harvest water. https://www.pbs.org/video/back-to-the-moon-7jjcvo/

ISRU Icy
Our ISRU process

For a system to be classified as an "in-situ resource utilization" system, it must demonstrate the ability to extract resources on-demand, and process those resources into raw materials to be utilized on-site.

Our system is designed to eliminate lunar dust generation by encapsulating the excavation process, and limites the amount of lunar dust distrubance and damaging "fluffy dust" generation, by containing the complete ISRU process into a single system.

EXCAVATE

Our autonomous robotic ISRU system includes a multi-head excavator and icy regolith extractor directly feeding a mineral benefication tool channeling concentrate alloys into an autogenous pyrometallurgy oven that extrudes refined alloys directed by an AI robotic arm.

surface mining the moon

ELECTROLYSIS

Our solid oxide hydrogen fuel cell and high temperature steam electrolysis stack will split lunar water to generate rocket fuel, power, oxygen, heat, and water, on-site and on-demand. Our stack eliminates the expensive metal interconnects.

electrolysis of lunar water

EARTH

Our fuel cell scales to generate alternative wholesale electricity to be offered at near-term LMP averages $20 /kWh and $60 /kWh during peak season.

Our mineral benefication system can concentrate mineral sands on beaches or underwater, harvesting precious minerals.  

terrestrial revenue

Next Steps...

We are launching to the Moon in 2022, but first we test and refine our equipment on Earth.

We will launch a YouTube channel in April 2020 to invite you to follow along as we build off-world mining tools.

 

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