Robotic resource prospecting for lunar water sources

Dr. Kurt Sacksteder
Chief of the Space Environment and Experiments Branch at the NASA Glenn Research Center

Dr. Kurt Sacksteder is the Chief of the Space Environment and Experiments Branch at the NASA Glenn Research Center. He spent 23 years building and conducting combustion experiments aboard NASA Zero-gravity aircraft and in Drop Towers at the NASA Glenn Research Center. He was a Project Scientist, Co-Investigator or Principal Investigator for space flight experiments aboard 14 Space Shuttle and three Russian Space Station MIR missions studying flame spreading and fire prevention in microgravity. Since 2005, Dr. Sacksteder has led efforts at NASA Glenn to develop technology to enable robots and people to live off the land while exploring space, including extracting oxygen from the Martian carbon dioxide atmosphere and water from the soil on the moon. Dr. Sacksteder earned a bachelor's and master's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University and a PhD in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Case Western Reserve University.