One small step for man, one giant leap for San Antonio

Astroport Space Technologies preparing for first big experiment on the Moon in 2026

SAN ANTONIO – SpaceX, Blue Origin, Virgin Galactic – all private companies working to further space exploration.

What happens when we want more than a trip? What happens when we want to land and really explore outside of Earth?

There is a local company with NASA funding working to help us take the next steps on the Moon – and maybe one day – Mars.

“There’s a lot of things going on here that will surprise the residents of the city. We’re at the forefront of technology here in San Antonio,” said Astroport Space Technologies CEO Sam Ximenes.

Astroport is one of those companies at the forefront – receiving more than $2 million from NASA this year.

“Astroport is a company that’s building on the moon. We’re doing lunar infrastructure for the moon, designing and building and figuring out how to do the construction of the first structures on the moon,” Ximenes said.

The company is literally preparing for life out of this world.

“We want to be able to demonstrate that we can actually make a brick on the moon,” Ximenes said.

For example, a robot scoops up moon dust to build structures.

“We take the dirt, we melt it in front of the bricks. Those bricks become the pavement for the landing,” Ximenes said.

Astroport uses two types of moon dust to test the product.

There are two different types of materials that simulate moon dust from two types of geography on the moon that is used to make this final product.

“By 2026, we want to be on the surface with an experiment that shows that we can flow the lunar dirt flow,” Ximenes said.

You may ask: why?

“We’re trying to grow what we call a cislunar economy. So this lunar, the space between Earth and the moon,” Ximenes said.

And the moon could really just be the start.

“The moon is really a proving ground, a testing ground for all these technologies to help us understand how do you actually live and build on another planet? And the Holy Grail is Mars,” Ximenes said.

Astroport’s first big experiment is set for 2026 for the surface of the moon to make sure everything works correctly.

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About the Authors

Max Massey is the GMSA weekend anchor and a general assignments reporter. Max has been live at some of the biggest national stories out of Texas in recent years, including the Sutherland Springs shooting, Hurricane Harvey and the manhunt for the Austin bomber. Outside of work, Max follows politics and sports, especially Penn State, his alma mater.

Sal Salazar is a photojournalist at KSAT 12. Before coming to KSAT in 1998, he worked at the Fox affiliate in San Antonio. Sal started off his career back in 1995 for the ABC Affiliate in Lubbock and has covered many high-profile news events since. In his free time, he enjoys spending time at home, gaming and loves traveling with his wife.

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