Planetary Simulant Database: UCF/DSI CI Carbonaceous Chondrite Simulant


Mineral Wt.%
Mg-serpentine 51.3
Magnetite 10.0
Vermiculite 9.6
Olivine 7.0
Pyrite 7.0
Attapulgite 5.3
Sub-bituminous coal 5.0
Ferrihydrite 4.8

Bulk Chemistry

Oxide Wt.%
SiO2 25.0
TiO2 0.5
Al2O3 3.1
Cr2O3 0.2
FeOT 25.8
MgO 30.2
CaO 3.0
Na2O 6.4
K2O 0.4
P2O5 0.4
SO3 4.9
Cl 0.0
Total 100.2

Physical Properties

No data available

Simulant Name: UCF/DSI CI Carbonaceous Chondrite Simulant (UCF/DSI-CI-2)
Current Status: Currently available
Developed By: UCF & Deep Space Industries
Available From: CLASS Exolith Lab
Spec Sheet: CI Spec Sheet
Publications: Britt et al., Simulated asteroid materials based on carbonaceous chondrite mineralogies, manuscript in preparation

The UCF/DSI CI Carbonaceous Chondrite Simulant (also known as UCF/DSI-CI-2) is a general purpose asteroid regolith simulant based on the Orgueil CI carbonaceous chondrite. The mineralogy is based on the analysis by Bland et al. 2004.

To produce the simulant, individual mineral components are sourced and prepared, then mixed together with water to physically bind them. The resulting mixture is dried to remove the water, then mechanically ground in a rock crusher to achieve the desired particle size distribution.

The simulant was produced as part of a NASA SBIR grant to create realistic asteroid simulants, and is currently available from the CLASS Exolith Lab.


Photograph of the CI simulant: