Supporting sustainable, self-sufficient space resource exploration, extraction, processing and utilisation in extreme, off-Earth environments.

The Centre for Sustainable Planetary and Space Resources brings together the University of Adelaide’s collective exploration, mining, manufacturing and engineering research strengths to address the challenges faced by long term planetary exploration, while ensuring the near-term application here on Earth.

In-situ resource utilisation

The In-Situ Resource Utilisation (ISRU) concept, as pioneered by NASA, looks to address space exploration’s historic reliance on Earth-based materials by proposing an off-world, self-contained resource chain covering the exploration, extraction and utilisation of space-based resources in support of new long-term crewed exploration missions. 

The European Space Agency (ESA) is also advancing this concept as it prepares a lunar surface mission to demonstrate technologies needed to enable ISRU on the Moon. By 2025, the ESA aims to show that water or oxygen production on the Moon is feasible.