2021 Lunar ISRU Performance Model


University of Central Florida


The RE-RASSOR Project is a joint FSI, Florida Space Grant and NASA project to develop, mature and extend the EZ-RASSOR Software and the Mini-RASSOR Hardware.   

 The UCF Industrial Engineering Team investigated RE-RASSOR like robots and developed a throughput and process model for using them to support the acquisition and utilization of In Situ resources on the Moon. 

The ISRU (In Situ Resource Utilization) Performance team created a discrete event simulation for lunar resources and the intended harvester and refinery systems.  The simulation includes rover transit times, raw material locations, material characteristic (depth, % water, travel time) prospecting systems and beneficiation systems.  This allows investigation of ISRU system performance and associated sensitivities to resource locations, resource quality, deployed systems and overall process time. 

Project Team

Jermaine Anderson
Christian Betancourt
Donald Harkins
Nabil Issa
Paul Stuckey