CLASS Exolith Lab

Get in touch: exolithlab@ucf.edu

The Exolith Lab is a not-for-profit extension of CLASS, dedicated to regolith simulant production and applied research. Simulant costs cover materials, facilities, labor, university overhead, and R&D.

We also maintain the Planetary Simulant Database as a resource for the community, with information on historic and current planetary simulants. We are happy to provide complimentary consulting on simulants, in partnership with the ESA Sample Analogue Curation Facility.

What is Simulated?. A brief fact sheet on what our simulants do and don’t emulate about the extraterrestrial regoliths they’re based on.

Recent Publications & Use Cases

Cannon, K. M., D. T. Britt, T. M. Smith, R. F. Fritsche, and D. Batcheldor (2019), Mars Global Simulant MGS-1: A Rocknest-based Open Standard for Basaltic Martian Regolith Simulants. Icarus, 317, 470-478.

People

Dr. Kevin Cannon – Founder, simulant development, operations
Prof. Dan Britt – CLASS PI
Anna Metke – Community relations, operations
Cody Schultz, Daniel Hildreth – Simulant production

Available Simulants | Simulant Request Form

Note that we generally do not provide simulants for private individuals.

The following research-grade simulants are currently available. Valid requests of 1 kg or less (total) will be processed and shipped worldwide free of charge; for larger amounts, there is a flat rate charge of $20/kg plus shipping. Fill out a request form, or contact exolithlab@ucf.edu for inquiries; We are open to collaborative projects and teaming on proposals, and can offer letters of commitment.

CI Asteroid Simulant

Spec Sheet (PDF) | Safety Data Sheet (PDF)

Based on the mineralogy of the Orgueil CI carbonaceous chondrite. Highest volatile content of our three asteroid simulants.

 

CM Asteroid Simulant

Spec Sheet (PDF) | Safety Data Sheet (PDF)

Based on the mineralogy of the Murchison CM carbonaceous chondrite. Moderate volatile content.

 

CR Asteroid Simulant

Spec Sheet (PDF) | Safety Data Sheet (PDF)

Based on an average mineralogy of 5 Antarctic CR carbonaceous chondrites. Lowest volatile content of our three asteroid simulants.

 

MGS-1 Mars Global Simulant

Limited production; lead times of up to 2 months | Spec Sheet (PDF) | Safety Data Sheet (PDF)

Global basaltic soil based on the mineralogy of the Rocknest target at Gale crater.

 

MGS-1S Sulfate ISRU

Limited production; lead times of up to 2 months | Spec Sheet (PDF) | Safety Data Sheet (PDF)

A modified version of MGS-1 based on the polyhydrated sulfate reference case from the NASA Mars Water In-Situ Resource Utilization Study.

 

MGS-1C Clay ISRU

Limited production; lead times of up to 2 months | Spec Sheet (PDF) | Safety Data Sheet (PDF)

A modified version of MGS-1 based on the hydrated clay reference case from the NASA Mars Water In-Situ Resource Utilization Study.

 

LHS-1 Lunar Highlands Simulant

Limited production; lead times of up to 2 months | Safety Data Sheet (PDF)

 

LMS-1 Lunar Mare Simulant

Limited production; lead times of up to 2 months | Safety Data Sheet (PDF)