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, and labor.

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

Boivin, A. L., D. Hickson, C‐A Tsai, A. Cunje, R. R. Ghent, and M. Daly (2018), Broadband measurements of the complex permittivity of carbonaceous asteroid regolith analog materials. JGR Planets, in press.

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, Daniel Hildreth, Makayla Peppin, Cody Schultz – Undergraduates

High-fidelity Regolith Simulants

The research-grade simulants listed below are currently available. Note that we generally do not provide simulants for private individuals. We are open to collaborative projects and teaming on proposals, and can provide letters of support.


Pricing | Online Request Form

Single simulant type, up to 1kg: processed and shipped worldwide free of charge.
Multiple simulant types and/or requests >1kg: $20/kg plus shipping. Sales tax collected for orders shipped to FL and TX (unless tax exempt).

Fill out a request form, or contact exolithlab@ucf.edu for inquiries. Consult the spec sheets below for default particle size ranges, composition, etc.


MGS-1 Mars Global Simulant

Limited production rate: lead times of up to 3 weeks | 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 rate: lead times of up to 3 weeks | 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 rate: lead times of up to 3 weeks | 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 rate: lead times of up to 1 month | Safety Data Sheet (PDF)

 


LMS-1 Lunar Mare Simulant

Limited production rate: lead times of up to 1 month | Safety Data Sheet (PDF)

 


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.