Apr 12, 2017

Lecturer: Laurent Sibille, Ascentech Enterprises Inc., NASA Swampworks

Laurent Sibille, Ph.D., PMP has over 20 years of experience in science investigation and new technology developments for NASA programs. He earned a degree of Engineer of Materials and a Ph.D. in solid-state physics from the National Institute of Applied Sciences in Toulouse, France. He worked as a researcher in the microgravity materials science program at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center and eventually became principal investigator for two Space Shuttle experiments on the formation of low-density materials in low gravity. He was the assistant Mission Scientist for the United States Microgravity Payload-4 (USMP-4), a Spacelab mission on STS-87. He has led technology development projects at two NASA centers including lunar oxygen and metal production systems development and co-founded NASA’s lunar simulant materials standardization program in 2005. As a Principal and co-Investigator, he currently leads R&D projects within Applied Technology division at Kennedy Space Center’s Swamp Works for NASA mission support technologies, planetary surface systems with a focus on space resources utilization and prototype development. He is the PI of a STTR-funded Phase I project titled “Comprehensive Modeling for Off-Earth Mining Optimization and Resource Processing” with UNSW Sydney School of Mining Engineering, Virginia Tech Dept. of Mining Engineering, and Kennedy Space Center Swampworks. He is a member of NASA’s Human spaceflight Architecture Team with focus on space resources utilization (ISRU) and is currently the vice-chair of the Space Resources Technical Committee of the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).

Topic: Extracting Metals

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