PROJECT TITLE: Technology for manipulation and removal of dust for Mars missions — TechDustMars

Coordinator: National Institute for Laser Plasma and Radiation Physics (INFLPR) 


Period: 29 November 2013 - 28 May 2016

Project director: Dr. Catalin M. Ticos, CS I

Project team:

Description: Fine silicate mineral dust particles (10’s nm to 1 mm) are a component of Mars atmosphere. 

The microparticles are electrically charged due to ionization by radiations and by mechanical factors (friction during storms).

Dust is a hazard for missions because:

Images from Mars during a dust storm: the atmosphere becomes opaque  due to high dust concentration (from NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell)

Project objectives:


Contributions to the STAR programme objectives:

 The project fulfills the requests of the STAR grant call:

“CDI projects will be aimed primarily at conducting research which will lead to the development of scientific missions, technology development and application of space technologies and results in this area. For projects with industrial research and experimental development in partnership the presence of at least one private company is required”

“Achieving scientific and technological results at European level, as reflected by increasing visibility and international recognition of Romanian research.”

Homepage: TechDustMars