ITL accumulated extensive experience in understanding of the main characteristics of the simulated lunar environment factors and in design, development and manufacturing of space environmental simulators and, specifically, of lunar environmental simulators designed for high fidelity simulation of the lunar environments.
The planetary environmental simulator is the only practical approach for testing and life time evaluation of planetary exploration spacecraft materials and structures. Only in the simulators it is possible to reproduce the vacuum or planetary atmosphere conditions together with a variety of other environmental factors.
With lunar exploration activities picking up the pace, many new materials and structural elements will be used in these exploration activities on the Moon. The screening, selection and evaluation of such new materials and structures in ground simulators before they are used on the Moon will become a necessary step in full analogy of the intensive screening and characterization of materials and structural elements that were and are being developed for use in LEO and GEO environments in ground LEO simulators, for atomic oxygen effects, and in GEO simulators, for charging effects.
ITL designs and manufactures lunar environment simulators that allow physically evaluate the effects of the Lunar dust environment in conjunction with other environmental factors (ultra-high vacuum or planetary atmospheric conditions, UV radiation, thermal conditions/thermal cycling, darkness, VUV and NUV, protons and electrons) and verify the effectiveness of dust mitigation strategies and technologies for all planetary exploration surface systems. The system is designed using an integrated approach that allows using it as a universal space and planetary simulator by adding or removing space environment sources.