Microwave Sinterator Freeform Additive Construction System (MS-FACS)
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California
Tuesday, January 01 2013
This system can create hard surfaces for walkways, roadways, or landing pads.
The harmful properties of lunar dust,
such as small size, glass composition,
abnormal surface area, and coatings of
imbedded nanophase iron, lead to a
unique coupling of the dust with
microwave radiation. This coupling can
be exploited for rapid sintering of lunar
soil for use as a construction material
that can be formed to take on an infinite
number of shapes and sizes.
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