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Ceralink Inc. has been awarded a $100,000 SBIR Phase I contract by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to develop an automated microwave surface heating system to solidify lunar regolith (soil). Lunar regolith is easily disturbed and detrimental to equipment and operations on the moon, as was identified by the severe complications from dust on the Apollo space missions. Surface stabilization is paramount to future lunar missions.
“We are very pleased to receive this contract,” said Patricia Strickland, CEO. “Lunar investigation is a vital tool for future space exploration, and it’s exciting to be involved in developing technology that will help address the need for lunar surface stabilization.”
Ceralink’s Phase I will demonstrate microwave system feasibility using advanced computer modeling and laboratory experimentation with lunar simulant. Ceralink has assembled a team, including research partner Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) and commercialization partner Gerling Applied Engineering, to successfully bring this technology from research to prototype demonstration, and ultimately to a fully functioning system.
Visit www.ceralink.com for more information.