Form 9.B Project Summary



Proposal Number:


Project Title:

Atmospheric Water Vapor Adsorption

for Mars In Situ Resource Utilization

Technical Abstract (Limit 200 words)

The innovation addressed in this proposal is a

method for extracting water vapor from the

atmosphere of Mars in an efficient, lightweight, and

reliable manner. Through the use of molecular

sieve technology, the Water Vapor Ad-sorption

Reactor (WAVAR) would provide a dependable

source of water to future exploration missions from

sources indigenous to the red planet. This water can

be used as feedstock for propellant production, for

direct human con-sumption, or as the basis for a

multitude of industrial, agricultural and biological

processes. Using locally available materials at the

site of an interplanetary misson is known as in situ

resource utilization (ISRU). Missions employing

ISRU techniques can attain dramatic cost savings,

while improving mission robustness, by reducing the

amount of raw materials that have to be transported

from Earth. The most important of these materials

is water. The WAVAR would meet this need,

providing a crucial technology for future missions.

The effort described in this pro-posal would

positively impact NASA¹s Mars Surveyor,

Planetary Science and Human Exploration and

Development of Space (HEDS) programs by

enabling the development and commercialization of

low cost, high performance WAVAR technology.

Potential Commercial Applications (Limit 200 words)

The innovation described in this proposal would

provide a reliable, low cost and high performance

method for extracting water from the Martian

atmosphere. Incorporating the Water Vapor

Adsorption Reactor (WAVAR) into future Mars

exploration missions would provide substantial

increases in crew safety and operational flexibility

while reducing cost, risk, and Earth- and

Mars-launch mass. By providing self-sufficiency

and reducing risk, the WAVAR would enable

commercial and industrial development of Mars,

thereby expanding human presence in the solar

sys-tem. Follow-on commercial oportunities exist in

a wide variety of markets where separation of fluid

species is required.

Name and Address of Principal Investigator (Name,

Organization Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip)

Mr. John Williams

Adroit Systems, Inc.

411 108th St. NE Ste. 1080

Bellevue , WA 98004

Name and Address of Offeror (Firm Name, Mail Address,


Dr. Thomas R.A. Bussing

Adroit Systems, Inc.

411 108th St. NE Ste. 1080

Bellevue , WA 98004