About Us

Space Resource Technologies

OUR STORY:

Space Resource Technologies (SRT) operates within UCF's Exolith Lab, serving as a hub for the design, testing, and production of high-fidelity regolith simulants. These simulants stand as a testament to exceptional quality, designed by esteemed figures in the scientific community, notably Dr. Dan Britt, a globally recognized authority on regolith.

Established in 2018, Exolith Lab was conceived to support the manufacturing and distribution of regolith simulants, with key founders including Dr. Dan Britt and Anna Metke, alongside the support of the Center for Lunar and Asteroid Surface Science (CLASS) and the Florida Space Institute (FSI). The culmination of these efforts led to the transformation of this initiative into a UCF Spin-Off, officially branded as Space Resource Technologies in 2023.

We extend our respects to the community members whose ongoing contributions shape our knowledge and keep us at the forefront of interplanetary geology. Special acknowledgements are due to Parks Easter and Dr. Zoe Landsman for their significant scientific contributions.  Additionally, we recognize and appreciate the substantial contributions made by the Engineering team, led by Lucas Weber and Max Kuehn, in driving significant improvements to our operations processes.

About our Lunar Simulants

The term regolith refers to the “dirt” layer covering solid rock on the moon’s surface, which is loose, heterogeneous, superficial deposits. Our regolith simulant, often referred to as just “simulant”, is synthesized from terrestrial materials to mimic the chemical, mechanical or engineering properties of the materials that one would find on the moon. 

There are two main regions of the moon: the lighter regions known as the Highlands, which is mainly Plagioclase, often used interchangeably with anorthosite - a type of plagioclase. The darker regions of the moon, referred to as Mare, is mainly composed of silicates and oxides. A few examples of these silicates and oxides are olivine, pyroxene (bronzite) , ilmenite, and basalt (lava Rock) which you will find throughout our lunar compositions. 

On the moon, this layer of lunar regolith can be hazardous to human health without proper protection, and detrimental to space hardware. This is where our In-Situ Resource Utilization mission was birthed - since returned regolith from space missions is far too precious, we have created a High-Fidelity analog to make it accessible for everyone. Researchers are now able to use the regolith simulant recreated at Exolith Lab with 99% accuracy to test materials before launch to ensure proper safety.

Lunar Simulants

About our Martian Simulants

Our main Martian simulant - Mars Global Simulant (MGS-1), is representative of a standard soil on Mars. It is based on Rocknest soil analyzed by the NASA Mars rover, Curiosity, in 2012. Exolith’s Regolith Simulant imitates this sample as a general approximation of martian regolith for any purpose.

We also produce variants such as MGS-1S enriched with polyhydrated sulfate gypsum, MGS-1C, enriched in hydrated clay minerals (smectite), and JEZ-1, imitating the Jezero Delta Crater, as well as custom orders.

Mars is red due to an abundance of iron oxide on its surface which creates a lot of rust. Besides iron oxide, Mars is abundant in clays, silicates, salts, carbonates, and sulfates. Like the regolith found on the moon, these loose, heterogenous, deposits are subject to frequent dust storms which can cover rover solar panels, ultimately killing them, as well as damaging the rover wheels.

Our High-Fidelity simulants are created mineralogically accurate that mimic the expected chemical and physical properties of the Martian Regolith. Overcoming challenges, such as Mars dust storms, to preserve space hardware is of the utmost importance for creating a sustainable space ecosystem in an inhospitable enviorment. 

Martian Simulants

Meet our Team:

"We are committed to supporting the future of space exploration."

Anna Metke

Owner/CEO

SRT creates amazing opportunities for students, researchers, and companies around the globe to explore space!

Konrad Krol

Director of Operations

"I really admire SRT's devotion to implementing diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives."

Karina Soto

Operations/HR Manager

"It has been a pleasure to foster growth in the space industry through my time hear at Space Resource Technologies."

Angela Ramirez

Marketing Manager