Faculty Mentor Name

Dr. Mike Fabian

Major

Mechanical Engineering

Abstract/Description

The topic of In-Situ propellants involves the study on how to use the natural resources of a planet to produce propellants that can be used to further space exploration. This paper investigates the possible propellants that can be produce using resources found on Mars. The five methods examined are: producing oxygen and hydrogen using electrolysis, generating oxygen from carbon dioxide using a sorption compressor, using the Sabatier reaction to produce methane from carbon dioxide and hydrogen, allowing carbon dioxide to thermally decompose producing carbon monoxide and oxygen, and the final method is the production of hydrazines. Also discussed are the difficulties involved with In-Situ propellant production and how further research into this topic will benefit space exploration as a whole.

Document Type

Article

Publication/Presentation Date

Spring 2015

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