ISRU Seminars (Spring 2017)

The Technology And Future of In-Situ Resource Utilization (ISRU), A Capstone Graduate Seminar – Spring 2017

In-Situ Resource Utilization (ISRU) is a suite of concepts and technologies that can enable safer and more cost-effective use of space by exploiting local resources rather than bringing everything from Earth. ISRU includes commercial applications, robotic planetary exploration, human exploration, and the establishment of outposts. This capstone graduate seminar explores the context of ISRU, its economics, the state of the art in ISRU technology, and a range of ISRU applications including fuel generation, lunar and asteroid mining, in-space manufacturing, habitat construction, infrastructure construction, farming, and recycling. Our goal is to capture where the technology is today and where it can go in the next 20 years to support an expanding and vigorous space economy. The core content will be a series of topic-focused lectures given by leaders in the field. The format provides an opportunity for questions and discussion. The lectures will be accessible on-line through the NASA SSERVI Adobe Connect system in real-time and will be recorded for on-line reference. This course is sponsored jointly by the NASA Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI) and the SSERVI team at the University of Central Florida (CLASS).

Adobe connect link: 

Abstracts, previously recorded talks, and lecture slides are linked to the title of each lecture as available.

Dr. Dan Britt, Professor of Astronomy and Planetary Sciences at UCF’s Physics Department, administers the lectures which are held in the Partnership I building located in Research Park, adjacent to UCF.

Lectures will be held on Mondays (with a few exceptions on Wednesdays*) at 1:30pm with talks lasting about 50 minutes and 30 minutes for discussion.

Contact: Dr. Britt:


12354 Research Parkway

Partnership I Bldg. Suite 209

Orlando, FL 32826

Location for directions and parking information click here):

Speaker Title Date
Dan Britt: Physics, UCF Why Use Space Resources? What Resources Are Available? January 11*
Jerry Sanders: Johnson Space Center Human Mission Architectures And Approaches/Concepts For Incorporating ISRU January 18*
Leslie Gertsch: Missouri S&T Mining And Beneficiation January 25*
Paul van Susante: Michigan Technological University Conveying Technologies, Mining Cycles And Mining Requirements January 30
Tony Muscatello: Kennedy Space Center Oxygen Extraction From Minerals February 6
Joel Sercel: TransAstra Optical Mining February 15*
Phil Metzger: FSI, UCF Water Extraction And Cleanup February 20
Tony Muscatello: Kennedy Space Center Atmospheric Capture On Mars February 27
Rob Mueller: Kennedy Space Center Construction With Regolith March 6
Jason Dunn: Made In Space We Can Make It In Space March 8
Oscar Monje: Kennedy Space Center Farming In Space March 27
Phil Metzger: FSI, UCF Economic Pathways to Space Mining March 29
Bernard Kutter:  United Launch Alliance On Orbit Refueling April 3
Rob Mueller: Kennedy Space Center Overview Of Lunar, Asteroid, And Martian ISRU Mining Camps April 5
Laurent Sibille: Kennedy Space Center Extracting Metals April 10

To watch previous seminars click here.