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Thursday, August 2, 2012

COSMIC: NASA features Sardinian technologies

“Humankind is to be increasingly pressed to explore extra space beyond Earth, as well as discover new support and survival places as potential destinations where humans may one day live and work. In this respect, research is increasing, and Italy is developing new technologies for meeting this new challenge" (Professor Giacomo Cao, project Coordinator).
Project partners: University of Cagliari, CRS4, CNR (Institute for Energy and Transport), Technical Institute E. Fermi in Fuscaldo, and Corem srl. Since 2009, a € 500k founding from ASI, the Italian Space Agency, is the main project sponsor. 
Some of the new patent-eligible technologies developed within the COSMIC Project will be taken into account by NASA for developing the new Moon Landers, as expected from the International Space Exploration Coordination Group. ISECG members includes 14 space agencies and in May 2007 they released the "The Global Exploration Strategy: The Framework for Coordination”, a document articulating a shared vision of coordinated human and robotic space exploration focused on Solar System destinations.  
Curiosity rover on track for early August landing
Specifically, the COSMIC Project advanced technologies and algorithms will be part of the autonomous space landing robotic and human vehicles equipment, and will afford the possibility of producing physical assets using in-situ resources and increasing the percentage of Ilmenite (a weakly magnetic titanium-iron oxide mineral already available on the Moon surface) needed for the oxygen production through using already validated technologies. 
Last July 24th, an international patent application - PCT/IB2012/053754 - has been filed. Inventors are: Giacomo Cao, Alessandro Concas, Gianluca Corrias, Roberta Licheri, Roberto Orrù e Massimo Pisu. The patent refers to the process of producing materials such as oxygen, water, carbon monoxide, ammonia, nitrogen fertilisers, and edible biomass, useful for sustaining “...manned space missions on Mars through in-situ resources utilisation". 
Another international patent application - 10453PTWO "Fabrication process of physical assets for civil and/or industrial structures on the surface of Moon, Mars and/or asteroids" (2011), Inventors Giacomo Cao, Alessandro Concas, Gianluca Corrias, Roberta Licheri, Roberto Orru’, Massimo Pisu, and Claudio Zanotti, has been accredited as inventive and patent-eligible. This patent refers to the production of physical assets useful for supporting manned space missions on the Moon, Mars and/or asteroids, again through in-situ resources utilisation.

Ilmenite
Project partners: University of Cagliari, CRS4, CNR (Institute for Energy and Transport), Technical Institute E. Fermi in Fuscaldo, and Corem Ltd. Since 2009, a € 500k founding from ASI, the Italian Space Agency, is the main project sponsor

Credits: University of Cagliari (Italy)