Developing Partnerships... Launching Dreams
The Granular Mechanics and Regolith Operations Laboratory studies the mechanics of materials and robotics for the
purposes of developing groundbreaking, innovative technology for surface
systems in space.
It develops technologies
for handling Lunar and Martian regolith, including excavator technologies,
pneumatic transport of regolith, and magnetic handling of regolith. It studies
the basic physics and geology of Lunar, Martian, and asteroid regolithin order
to support regolith-handling technologies, including the particle sizing,
particle shapes, bulk mechanical properties of the soil, soil compaction, field
sampling technologies, and laboratory testing protocols.
It also studies
technological concepts for a launch pad environment, especially the mechanics
of soil at Lunar and Martian spaceports; how to excavate the soil to prepare
berms, landing pads, and roads; how to model the blowing of soil or other
materials in a rocket exhaust plume to predict the blast effects.
As part of Swamp Works, the Granular Mechanics and Regolith Operations Laboratory can provide concepts, designs, technology development, technology demonstration, testing, and knowledge in support of development of surface systems, from early concept validation
to full prototyping. The lab also
performs support work for the agency goals for in-situ resource utilization
The lab’s equipment includes the following assets:
GMRO Lab Big Bin
Mars Pathfinder Lander Mockup (and RASSOR) in the Big Bin during integration demonstration
Current projects in work:
RASSOR during mechanical testing
Regolith/polymer mix being tested for additive construction
ALTIP Free Flyer
Ready to explore a partnership, or simply need more information? Please submit your inquiry to our KSC Facilitator.
Contact Us: KSC-Partnerships@mail.nasa.gov