HELIOS is developing technologies to extract metals and oxygen from the martian and lunar soil, providing essential materials for space missions.

In-situ resource utilization (ISRU) – collecting, producing and storing materials on site – is the only way to realize the vision of sustainable human life on the Moon and Mars. Why? Because the cost of transporting equipment and materials like oxygen into space for use on extraterrestrial bases is extremely high.

HELIOS technology makes it possible to instead use the vast amount of oxygen and metals available in the surface soil of Mars and the Moon. The oxygen will be stored and serve as a fuel oxidizer, and the metals will be used to construct the infrastructure for future lunar-martian bases.

Mass percentage of various elements on the lunar surface

(High-Ti Mare areas)

HELIOS is developing technologies to extract metals and oxygen from the martian and lunar soil, providing essential materials for space missions.

In-situ resource utilization (ISRU) – collecting, producing and storing materials on site – is the only way to realize the vision of sustainable human life on the Moon and Mars. Why? Because the cost of transporting equipment and materials like oxygen into space for use on extraterrestrial bases is extremely high.

HELIOS technology makes it possible to instead use the vast amount of oxygen and metals available in the surface soil of Mars and the Moon. The oxygen will be stored and serve as a fuel oxidizer, and the metals will be used to construct the infrastructure for future lunar-martian bases.

Mass percentage of various elements on the lunar surface (High-Ti Mare areas)

HOW IT WORKS

Step 1:

Extraction of desired elements from regolith (lunar/martian soil).

The HELIOS Reactor will separate the abundant oxides found all over the Martian and lunar surfaces into oxygen and various metals such as iron, aluminium, titanium and more.

Step 2:

Processing, storage and utilization.

The second phase will involve the preparation of the raw materials into further utilization – storing the oxygen in compression tanks and casting the metals into usable parts.

HOW IT WORKS

Step 1:

Extraction of desired elements from regolith (lunar/martian soil).

The HELIOS Reactor will separate the abundant oxides found all over the Martian and lunar surfaces into oxygen and various metals such as iron, aluminium, titanium and more.

 

Step 2:

Processing, storage and utilization.

The second phase will involve the preparation of the raw materials into further utilization – storing the oxygen in compression tanks and casting the metals into usable parts.

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Sustainable, carbon-free steel production – at 20% lower cost

 

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In addition to the energy cost reduction, the process also eliminates 100% of the direct CO2 emissions. Using renewable energy to heat the system will make the whole process carbon free, emitting only oxygen into the Earth’s atmosphere.

Space tech on Earth

Sustainable, carbon-free steel production – at 20% lower cost

 

While creating technologies for sustainable Moon missions and habitation, the HELIOS team discovered and developed a novel chemical process to produce iron from iron ore that requires 20% less energy than what is currently used in the industry.

In addition to the energy cost reduction, the process also eliminates 100% of the direct CO2 emissions. Using renewable energy to heat the system will make the whole process carbon free, emitting only oxygen into the Earth’s atmosphere.

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