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SINGLE PHASE SPACE LAUNDRY

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
10605
Program Year/Program:
1990 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
10605
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
UMPQUA Research Company
P.O. Box 609 Myrtle Creek, OR 97457-0102
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: Yes
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 1990
Title: SINGLE PHASE SPACE LAUNDRY
Agency: NASA
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $492,390.00
 

Abstract:

THE BASELINE DESIGN OF NASA'S SPACE STATION INCLUDES A CLOTHES LAUNDRY FACILITY. FOAMING AND AIR ENTRAINMENT IN THE MICROGRAVITY OF SPACE CAUSE SERIOUS MATERIALS HANDLING PROBLEMS. ANTIFOAMS ADD CONTAMINANTS THAT MUST BE REMOVED IN THE WATER RECLAMATION SYSTEM. PHASE SEPARATORS ADD ADDITIONAL WEIGHT AND POWER. THE DEVELOPMENT OF A SINGLE PHASE LAUNDERING APPARATUS WILL ALLEVIATE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR PHASE SEPARATION AND THE PROBLEMS ASSOCIATED WITH FOAMING. CLOTHES DRYING SHOULD BE ACCOMPLISHED IN THE SAME UNIT TO MINIMIZE WEIGHT AND SPACE REQUIREMENTS OF THE LAUNDERING FACILITY. THE DESIGNS PRESENTED IN THIS PROPOSAL INCLUDE CLOTHES DRYING CAPABILITY. POWER CONSUMPTION OF A CLOTHES DRYING APPARATUS IS OF PRIME CONCERN. ENERGY CONSUMPTION OF THE DRYING CYCLE WILL BE MINIMIZED BY USE OF MICROWAVE ENERGY TRANSFER TO THE WET CLOTHING. MICROWAVE DRYING HAS BEEN DEMONSTRATED TO OFFER SEVERAL ADVANTAGES: 1) LOW POWER CONSUMPTION, 2) LOW LINT PRODUCTION, AND 3) STERILIZATION OFCLOTHES.

Principal Investigator:

Gerald V Colombo

Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Umpqua Research Co
Po Box 791 Myrtle Creek, OR 97457

EIN/Tax ID: 930789314
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No