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Miniaturized Water Recovery System for Advanced Life Support Systems

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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2003 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Makel Engineering, Inc.
1585 Marauder Street Chico, CA 95973-9064
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2003
Title: Miniaturized Water Recovery System for Advanced Life Support Systems
Agency: NASA
Contract: NAS10-03009
Award Amount: $70,000.00


Makel Engineering Incorporated (MEI) proposes to design, build and demonstrate a prototype unit to significantly improve water recovery for Advanced Life Support System (e.g. International Space Station, Moon and Mars long duration manned missions, etc.). The current ISS Life Support System includes an adsorption based regenerative carbon dioxide removal system, and a water electrolysis system to produce oxygen. The hydrogen from the water electrolysis is vented to space in the life support system such as that which has been developed for Node 3. Carbon dioxide removed from the environment and hydrogen produced as a byproduct of the water electrolysis will be the reactants for our proposed water recovery system. Our proposed system will focus on two major areas of improvement: 1) the miniaturization of the system by use of microchannel reactor technology, and 2) the improvement of water recovery efficiency by the production of ethylene instead of methane. The technology developed for this project can be easily adapted for other Life Support and ISRU applications. In addition, for long term applications, the production of ethylene enables the production of other useful products, such as ethanol, nutrients, and polyethylene for habitat structures, which will increase the cost savings even more.

Principal Investigator:

Dr. Makel

Business Contact:

Michael Antongiovanni
Business Official
Small Business Information at Submission:

Makel Engineering, Inc.
275 Fairchild Ave. Suite 106 Chico, CA 95973

EIN/Tax ID: 680374879
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No