Facilities

The Center for Space Resources (CSR) has experimental and computing laboratories located in several departments in the Colorado School of Mines campus (Mechanical, Electrical, Civil, and Chemical Engineering, Materials and Metallurgy, Geophysics, Geology, Computer Science, Physics), as well as its own dedicated Space Resources Laboratory.

space resources laboratory (SRL)

Facility with vacuum chambers capable of reproducing pressure and temperature conditions of the Moon, Mars, and asteroids for soil properties studies, equipment testing, volatiles extraction and collection, and material processing

 

planetary Robotics laboratory

Development of robotic prototypes for excavation, scraping, paving, soil removal, and material transport on lunar and planetary surfaces

 

planetary mineral characterization lab
(advanced mineralogy research center)

Analysis of planetary rocks, soil, and simulants with fully automated analysis system that provides quantitative mineralogical and textural data

 

geomechanics testing
(Excavation and earth mechanics institutE)

The EMI offers a suite of physical property tests, cutter and cutterhead evaluation procedures for performance prediction, project costing, and design of mechanical rock excavation tools for all types of mechanical excavators

 

advanced materials laboratory

Laboratory using chemical and physical processing techniques (such as self-propagating, high-temperature synthesis) for the production of advanced ceramics and composites, thin films, and engineered surfaces and materials

 

human-centered robotics laboratory

Research in multisensory robot perception, learning and adaptation, and decision making for natural collaborative human-robot teaming applications

 

Water filtration and processing facility
(
advanced water technology center )

Development of water recovery equipment based on reverse osmosis and distillation for advanced life support systems on long-duration space missions and planetary outposts

 

Fire suppression research laboratory

Facilities of various sizes for the design, testing, and development of fire suppression systems for aircraft, spacecraft, and planetary habitats

 

Fuel cell technology laboratory
(colorado fuel cell center)

Development and testing of solid-oxide fuel cells (SOFC) and polymer-electrolyte membrane (PEM) cells for aircraft, spacecraft, and power generation on planetary habitats

 

separation technology laboratory

Study and synthesis of microporous oxides (ceramics and zeolites), metals, and ionic polymers for use in separation processes, such as organic and inorganic membranes for extraction of lunar and martian surface volatiles and atmospheric gases

 

instrument and Sensors laboratory

Development of laser-based instruments for detection of trace species and biogenic material on planetary soils and rocks