Converting Oxygen to Fuel on Mars: Liquefaction and In-Situ Oxygen Explained

Today, we get to discuss the research and process of converting oxygen to a fuel source on the surface of Mars. If you’ve been wondering what liquefaction was, or how future exploration will be based on the use of the storage of in-situ oxygen, this video is for you.

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NASA’s engineers are working on a fuel storage solution to make interstellar travel a more viable possibility. Mazzella Companies had the opportunity to help play a part in their research.

Getting Started:
► How pound per payload affects the cost of launching something out of Earth’s atmosphere. (0:27)
► The obstacle of getting interstellar travelers back home from the outer planets. (0:55)
► Why building bigger rockets or larger fuel storage systems don’t solve the travel issue. (1:10)

What If You Didn’t Have to Take Fuel With You?
► The concept of living off Earth and using resources on other planets to continue traveling. (1:24)
► An introduction to in-situ resource utilization and converting materials on Mars into oxygen. (2:07)
► An introduction to liquefaction–the conversion of oxygen to a fuel source. (2:20)
► A breakdown of NASA’s engineering team explaining the clevis and other components. (2:58)

How Mazzella Provided Assistance to NASA:
► Mazzella’s role in fabricating grommet slings with eye bolts and testing the equipment from NASA. (3:22)
► The importance of proof testing your components and establishing a working load limit. (4:10)

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