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A process to spin mineral fibres based on lunar rock

News International-French

14 May 2019

The Institut für Textiltechnik of RWTH Aachen University develops a process to produce fiber directly from Moon rock instead of bringing material from Earth.

A process to spin mineral fibres based on lunar rock

Many nations are toying with the idea of setting up a lunar station and to use the moon as a source of raw materials, a research site, a stepping stone into the solar system and a tourist destination. But the transport of the material for a lunar station is very costly: to bring material from the earth to the moon costs up to 1 million € per kilogram. For a lunar station, at least 450 tons are needed.

ITA's solution: produce directly on the moon. A lot of moon rock is very similar to basalt. ITA has already developed a production process to spin mineral fibres based on lunar rock. Within MoonFibre, ITA uses this experience for the production of fibres for the reinforcement of three-dimensional structures on the basis of moon rock and produces the fibres for the construction of the moon station directly on site. ITA's approach is supported by the German Aerospace Center (DLR).

A process to spin mineral fibres based on lunar rock