Founder with starry eyes The story usually goes like this: start an earth company, make a lot of money, launch a rocket company to go to Mars.
If that’s the stereotypical narrative, then Chris Graves screwed it all up.
Graves helps develop a key instrument, starting on the Red Planet NASA’s Perseverance rover Currently roaming the Jezero Crater. The instrument inspired him to invent a novel battery technology that today forms the basis of his start-up company, noon energy.
on Mars, moses instrument Designed to test the feasibility of producing rocket-usable oxygen on Mars for return to Earth, saving mass on the outbound trip. The device sucks in carbon dioxide and strips oxygen atoms, storing it on board. The remaining carbon monoxide is vented into the thin Martian atmosphere.
On Earth, Noon’s carbon-oxygen batteries are targeting larger-scale applications to help bridge the naturally occurring intermittency of wind and solar power. It runs a modified version of the same chemical reaction as MOXIE, but with the goal of storing electricity rather than producing oxygen.