The Space Race has seen a revival from NASA, ESA and other space agencies in the new goals of returning to the Moon and Mars within the next few years, with a potential for semi-permanent settlements in the next decade. This has paved the way for further testing, landing and expansion technology and scientific innovation to secure the viability and broadest scientific goals on return from missions. Space industry is an estimated new billion-euros industry, particularly in the line of In-Situ Resource Utilization (ISRU). While ISRU is an area of great potential, there are no specialized laboratories to help with the development, scientific testing and innovation towards future needs of the industry.
In June 2019 the founder of the company won an award for research at the prestigious Space Resources Roundtable and Planetary and Terrestrial Mining Sciences Symposium in Colorado, for the use of her interdisciplinary testing framework in the testing of extraterrestrial cores. The interdisciplinary testing framework is a way of making the testing process of geological material more time and cost efficient, with less material.
The Centre for Extraterrestrial and Terrestrial Testing has recently been formed as the first in the world, with its mission to perform scientific testing and analysis of extraterrestrial and terrestrial cores and geological material. The Centre is in a unique position as the first laboratory to be created and has a long-term commercial edge with the testing framework. The Centre is poised to create value and carve out a significant share of this new emerging space ISRU industry. The Centre will also accept Terrestrial cores from major construction projects, to ensure constant stream of revenue. The research has already been successfully applied to a major construction project in Norway with the potential for future collaboration.
The Centre for Extraterrestrial and Terrestrial Testing is in the early stages of development, and is creating a clear strategy for research, testing, services, storage, marketing, sales and making connections in the industry to secure access to upcoming missions and construction projects. The Centre also is working on two patents in relation to the business venture.
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