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 free 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.

Plant Growth in Simulants. Some tips for growing plants based on initial experiments by simulant users.

Recent Publications & Use Cases

Metzger, P. T., D. T. Britt, S. Covey, C. Schultz, K. M. Cannon, K. D. Grossman, J. G. Mantovani, and R. P. Mueller (2019), Measuring the fidelity of asteroid regolith and cobble simulants. Icarus, 321, 632-646.

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, Makayla Peppin – Undergraduates

High-fidelity Regolith Simulants

The martian, lunar and asteroid simulants listed below are currently available for research and STEM education purposes. We are open to collaborative projects and teaming on proposals, and can provide letters of support.

Current stats: 462 kg of simulants shipped to 158 customers in 22 countries. 726 kg on order.


Pricing | Online Request Form

Single simulant type up to 1kg, shipped within the United States: free of charge.
All other requests: $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

Research Paper (PDF) | 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

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

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

 


LMS-1 Lunar Mare Simulant

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