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HYPER-Borea – Leidenfrost Dusting

HYPER-Borea Dusting System

Lunar dust is a detriment to astronaut health and causes adverse mechanical and electrical effects. Mitigation technology that is effective and non-abrasive is lacking. We believe liquid nitrogen is a viable solution that effectively mitigates lunar dust without abrasion and without the risks and caveats other proposed technologies have.

Currently, data on the cleaning properties of the Leidenfrost Effect is limited. The HYPER-Borea Team is investigating how numerous variables impact the efficiency and efficacy of Leidenfrost dusting. Additionally, the team has begun developing Computational Fluid Dynamics models to predict optimum spray nozzle placement and the impact of lunar gravity. Once these recommendations are made, the team will build and test a 1/6 scale model of the HYPER-Borea Dusting System using a Barbie with a custom orthofabric spacesuit as the test subject. Scale model build and testing completion is expected by November 2021.

To learn more about the concept, read our blog post.

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2020 – Present: Ian Wells and Leidenfrost Dusting

About the Project:

Ian is the Project Manager and Undergraduate Research Assistant in charge of HYPER-Borea. Ian’s main interest with HYPER-Borea is in the investigation of solutions to a problem plaguing space travel and inhibiting exploration of the Moon.

Ian is a Boise, Idaho native who joined the HYPER lab in 2019. He designed a new logo for the lab and engineered a Schlieren Imaging System for DSLR cameras to view fluid flow via density gradients. He hopes to one day apply his research to assist in humanity’s return to the Moon and exploration beyond.

For more information on Ian Wells, follow this link here.

Research Highlights

Research Grant: NASA

Publications and Events

Cryogenic Engineering Conference

The HYPER-Borea Team will present the results of their “Preliminary Investigation of Liquid Nitrogen Removal of Lunar Regolith Simulant from Spacesuit Simulants” at the 2021 CEC conference. Their results will also be published as a manuscript in the conference proceedings. The ancillary data referenced in this manuscript can be found here.

Lunar Surface Science Workshop

HYPER-Borea will have a poster presentation at the LSSW.


The team will also be presenting their concept at an ASCEND collaborative session.