Facilities

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

Flight Prototype and Hardware Development Laboratory

A 3000-ft2 laboratory for advanced space technology projects with flight hardware development capabilities housed in the General Research Laboratory (GRL)

 

Payload Operations Control CENTER

Control center for remote operation and voice, data, and video monitoring of flight payloads (Space Shuttle, International Space Station, experimental aircraft)


 

Ultra-high vacuum facility for planetary environment simulation

Facility equipped with vacuum chambers capable of reproducing the pressure and temperature conditions on the Moon and Mars environments for soil characterization studies, equipment testing, and material processing

 

planetary Robotics laboratory

Development of robotic prototypes for excavation, scraping, paving, soil removal, and material transport on the Lunar and Martian surfaces

 

laboratory for planetary Dust studies

Experimental studies and numerical modeling for characterization, management, and mitigation of planetary dust

 

planetary mineral characterization lab
(advanced mineralogy research center)

Analysis of planetary rocks, soil, and simulants using QEMSCAN(R), a fully automated analysis system that provides quantitative mineralogical and textural data

 

 

advanced materials laboratory

Laboratory using chemical and physical processing techniques (with emphasis on self-propagating, high- temperature synthesis or SHS) for the production of advanced ceramics and composites, thin films, engineered surfaces and materials, including intermetallics composites and porous biomaterials

 

flame Synthesis of Ceramic Powders laboratory

Development of sinterable non-oxide ceramic powders in flames for applications where unique and often extreme combinations of thermal, mechanical and electrical properties are desired, such as high temperature filters, high temperature insulation, and integrated circuit substrates

 

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 and testing facilities

Laboratory with small, medium, and large-scale facilities for the design, testing, and development of fire suppression systems for aircraft, spacecraft, and planetary habitats. Current equipment being developed include ultra-fine water mist and dual-fluid mist/nitrogen fire suppression and extinction systems

 

Fuel cell technology laboratory
(colorado fuel cell center)

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

 

separation technology laboratory

Facility for the study and synthesis of new materials such as microporous oxides (ceramics and zeolites), metals, and ionic polymers for use in novel separation processes, including organic and inorganic membranes for extraction of lunar and martian surface volatiles and atmospheric gases.

 

Sensors laboratory

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