U.S. LUNAR MINING COMPANY AND Zaptec TO DEVELOP DRILLING AND POWER SOLUTIONS FOR OPERATIONS ON THE MOON
Norwegian company that originated from the oil and gas industry. Zaptec has developed a patented electronic transformer that enables transformation of high voltages and high currents in very small devices, reducing material usage by a factor of 100. Zaptec’s transformer enables plasma lightning pulses to be generated and controlled in very compact, powerful drilling technology. Plasma drilling technology offers the potential to extract water ice at significantly lower power levels compared with traditional mechanical drilling systems.
“Zaptec ́s miniature electronic transformer technology can enable significant mass reduction for space infrastructure”, says Jim Keravala, COO of SEC. “We are constantly looking for technologies that reduce size and power requirements for energy efficient operations in free space and on the Moon. It will also be able to power highvoltage plasma drilling technology, adding to Shackleton’s water and mineral extraction equipment.”
“We are already collaborating with NASA and ESA to develop our core technology for operations on asteroids and drilling on Mars. Adding industrial development on the Moon to our objectives is very inspiring and Shackleton Energy Company is a good match for both our technology and ambitions as a company”, says Brage W. Johansen, CEO of Zaptec. “This working relationship will accelerate our technology’s development; sharing competence, skills and strategies in this way may change the industry”, Johansen concludes.