Jointly developed at RWTH Aachen University by the Institut für Textiltechnik and the Institute for Structural Mechanics and Lightweight Design.
MoonFibre spinning unit can be operated under space conditions.
With the iBOSS satellite as payload element, the transport of the spinning unit is space qualified.
Launch costs due to payload weight is one of the main constraints on space missions. But using MoonFibre technology we could save it!
15 % of all materials are fibre-based
1,2 million €/kg to the Moon surface
The reduction of transport costs materials have been estimated to sum up to €70 billion on the basis of the following assumptions:
sports_volleyball15% of all its materials are fibre-based
fitness_centerA lunar station comparable to ISS weighs 450 ton
apartmentPayload transport to the Moon surface at the lowest price on the market today costs 1,2 million €/kg
No space colonies have been built so far. Currently, the building of a space colony would present a set of huge technological and economic challenges. Space settlements would have to provide for nearly all (or all) the material needs of hundreds or thousands of humans, in an environment out in space that is very hostile to human life.
done_outlineMoonFibre technology will provide resources
Space settlements will need material
It is stronger than many metals by weight, is non-magnetic, non-conductive, transparent to electromagnetic radiation, can be molded into complex shapes, and is chemically inert under many circumstances.
MoonFibre can improve the strength of composite materials and add tensile reinforcement in all directions.
MoonFibre nonwoven can be used as a non-combustible insulation material for heat, sound and fire protection.
MoonFibre nonwoven can be used as an inert substrate suitable for both run-to-waste and recirculating systems.
Densely packed MoonFibres mat makes an ideal filter for filtering a wide range of liquids and gases.
Fabrics made of very elastic, hair-like glass fibres for technical purposes as well as protection clothing.
MoonFibre technology can be applied on Earth for pioneering fully automated fiber production systems.
In order to achieve a wider reach, different projects are looking more closely at different areas of research.
Spinning Facility Proof of Concept: Miniaturized, modular, robust & fully autonomous terrestrial fibre spinning facility.
emoji_eventsThe MoonFibre Team won the 3rd place of the DLR Challenge within the 2019 INNOspace Masters Competition.
scheduleThe project starts in March of 2021 and it will last until 2023. It will serve as a proof of concept for the future developments of a MVP which will be tested on the lunar surface itself.
Lunar Use-Cases of Fibre Resources: Systematic analysis of various ways to utilize fibre-based resources making future lunar settlement sustainable and cheaper.
infoThis study presents the base for all future product development using MoonFibre. As there are numerous ways that these materials can be used, we are actively looking for partners that will cooperate with us on developing these use-cases.
euroIt's funded by the German Aerospace Center (DLR).
As part of the IGLUNA programme, the AIX2SPACE student team in the 2021 edition and the AMPEX 20 team in the 2020 edition contribute to MoonFibre with a miniaturised spinning unit, capable of producing continuous mineral fibres from processable raw materials using the nozzle drawing process.
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The ISRU MoonFibre EXperiment (IMFEX) student team contributes to MoonFibre with its research on spinning basalt fibres in a microgravity environment on board a sounding rocket, as part of the REXUS/BEXUS programme.
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As we pave the road to the future, our highly qualified innovators are driving us every day. Meet some of the experts that makes MoonFibre work.
Project director of MoonFibre, with several years of experience in the fibreglass industry and its research. He currently employs at the Institut für Textiltechnik of RWTH Aachen University.
local_phone+49 241 80 23285
Project manager at the Institute of Structural Mechanics and Lightweight Design of RWTH Aachen University.
local_phone+49 241 80 96838
Please feel free to contact us at any time should you have any inquiries, or you would like to take part of our endeavour!