Microwave heating demonstrator payload – develop hardware of 250W microwave generator and oxygen/water extraction
This project aims to increase the technology readiness level of the microwave heating demonstrator subsystems. As a follow-on of the pathfinder project, the main objectives of this project are to:
- Develop a microwave generator hardware unit based on solid-state amplification capable of delivering 250W of output power with 50 per cent of power-added efficiency
- Develop a concept of an oxygen and water extraction subsystem and upgrade the mass spectrometer subsystem accordingly
- Develop a complete packaging CAD design of the microwave heating demonstrator payload with the update of the above subsystems developed in this project
- Exploit the technological advancements from this project to place the UK industry at the forefront of lunar ISRU missions such as ESA’s EL3 and NASA’s CLPS programme.