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Space Industry, Manufacturing, and Environment

4 - Industrial Processes in Space For Converting Lunar and Asteroidal Materials into Useful Products

Note: Many of the sections below focus on producing useful things from lunar materials rather than asteroidal materials because we know more about the Moon, mainly from the samples returned from the Apollo missions, and it has traditionally been much easier to get funding for studies to use lunar materials. However, most of these processes would apply to asteroidal material as well. (Some of the following applies mainly to asteroidal material.)

The focus of this chapter is the Space Manufacturing Facility (SMF).

Table of Contents:

4.1 The space environment -- advantages and disadvantages

4.2 Separating elements and minerals by simple methods

4.3 Construction materials from minimally processed bulk lunar and asteroidal soils

4.4 Separating elements and/or oxides from minerals or bulk material

4.5 Producing high temperature refractories

4.6 Waste disposal

4.7 Manufacturing overview

4.8 Automation and teleoperation (robotics)

4.9 Bootstrapping > Manufacturing, Industry

Additional, children pages of this current parent page:

Manufacturing, Industry :
  Space Environment
    Zero Gravity to High-G Centrifuge
    Solar Ovens, High Temperatures
    Solar Electric Power
    Heat Rejection
  Bulk Construction Materials
    Glassy Ceramics
  Materials Processing
    Magnetic Separation
    Volatile Extraction
    Electrostatic Separation
    Vibration and Flotation
    Solar Oven Distillation
    Chemical Processing
  Waste Disposal
    Vapor Deposition in Vacuum
    Containerless Processing in Zero G
    Powder Metallurgy (UC)
    Surface Exploration
    Mining Robotics
    Manufacturing Robotics
    Robotics in Other Operations
    Links to Other Websites on Robotics

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