SSERVI develops, funds, and provides access to common facilities. The intellectual and facilities infrastructure offered by the institute provides an outstanding environment for training the next generation of scientists and engineers, and common facilities developed and funded under the virtual institute provide facility stability and increased access by not only SSERVI nodes, but also the planetary community.

Please contact the POCs listed to inquire about gaining access to the following community facilities:

Dust Accelerator Lab at University of Colorado
A 3 MV linear electrostatic dust accelerator which is used for a variety of impact research activities as well as calibrating dust instruments fro space application. The 3 MV Pelletron generator is capable of accelerating micron and submicron particles of various materials to velocities approaching 100 km/s.

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Ultra High Vacuum Chamber (UHV) & Ice and Gas Target Chambers at U. Colorado
Dedicated chambers that can be directly connected to the DAL for impact experiments requiring very clean conditions with exceptionally low background gas pressure, extreme cold temps, or various atmospheric gas pressures.

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Vibrational Spectroscopy Lab at Stony Brook University
Spectroscopic tools allow examination of geologic materials similar to those that are present on Mars, the Moon, or other solar system bodies for better interpretations of remote sensing data.

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Vib Spec lab

Lunar Lab and Regolith Testbeds at NASA Ames
The SSERVI-managed Regolith Testbed is available to the planetary science community, including CLPS and commercial developers. Initiated by the 2009 Centennial Challenge Regolith Mining Competition, Current and past users include: NASA VIPER Mission; Ames Research Center Intelligent Systems Division and Planetary Systems Branch; Universal Studios, and SSERVI Research Teams. The testbed has been used to conduct studies on optical sensing, drill testing, ISRU ID and extraction techniques, and remote robotic outreach activities. The testbed can accelerate innovation from idea generation through iterative testing and can quickly drive design improvements for science and technology projects. In addition, the facility can help understand the basic effects of continued long-term exposure to dust in a simulated analog test environment.

The current facility contains two testbeds: the first has the largest collection (approximately 8 tons) of JSC-1A lunar lowlands regolith simulant in a testbed that measures 4m x 4m, and the second 65 ft x 14 ft testbed is filled with ~12+ tons of Lunar highlands simulant. The facility can be configured to suit the needs of the desired testing and is equipped for dust mitigation and safety oversight. Potential capability improvements (currently awaiting funding) include a lighting and video recording system and support structure.

The Regolith Testbed is an excellent test environment for the next phases of the Artemis Program. Hardware and environmental testing scenarios include, but are not limited to, surface system interface and mobility, dust exposure and mitigation, terrain relative navigation sensors, regolith handling and sampling, additive printing and sintering technology development, electrical couplers and interfaces, granular mechanics, surface physics, and robotics integration.

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For more info contact Joe Minafra

GSFC Radiation Facility (NASA GSFC)
A new dedicated 1 MeV proton beam line used to create radiation-stimulated defects in materials to help determine low energy H retention effects.

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Physical Properties Lab (U. Central Florida)
The fully equipped density laboratory at the University of Central Florida includes: (1) A Quantachrome Ultrapycnometer 1200 with sample chambers of 10, 50, and 135 cm3. Errors for the Ultrapycnometer are quite small, about 0.06 cm3 for the largest sample chamber size, and 0.02 cm3 for the smallest. (2) A new custom-built pycnometer for much larger samples with sample chambers of 163, 405, and 1030 cm3. In addition, this instrument has a special insert for thin slabs (up to ¼ in. thick, meteorites in private collections are often available as thin slices) with an effective volume 86 cm3. Both pycnometers have typical uncertainties of better than 0.5%. (3) ZH Instruments SM-30 magnetic susceptibility meter. (4) A fieldspec reflectance spectrometer with a wavelength range of 0.4-2.5 microns.


For more info contact Dan Britt

Microgravity Drop Tower
The drop tower provides a zero g experience with a high speed camera set up to fall along with the experiment (allows 0.7sec of freefall). An LED backlight makes it easy to track individual ejecta particles. Images are recorded with a high-resolution camera at 500 frames/second, which allows tracking of individual particles.


For more info contact Joshua Colwell

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