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Ionomer-membrane Water Processor System Design and EDU Demonstration

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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Program Year/Program:
2012 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2012
Title: Ionomer-membrane Water Processor System Design and EDU Demonstration
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNX12CA10C
Award Amount: $749,463.00


a. Paragon Space Development Corporation┬┐ (Paragon) proposes to continue our investigation into the use of microporous-ionomer membrane technology to improve the robustness and effectiveness and simplify water recovery processes for space applications. Improved robustness and effectiveness will be evident through (1) reduced loading onthe downstream post processor due to the ionomer┬┐s unique property of selective permeability, (2) near complete removal of water from wastewater, and (3) inclusion of a backup barrier between the retentate and permeate. The technology offers simplification over existing technology through (1) a lower dependency on moving parts, and (2) integrated capture of wastewater solutes for disposal. Phase 1 testing showed that 99% of the contaminants in concentrated pretreated urine ersatz were removed by the proposed technology and virtually complete dewatering of the brine was achieved in a configuration that would appear to be insensitive to gravity and orientation. As the technology is fully developed, it can be inserted into existing and/or developing water recovery system architectures to increase water recovery rates beyond that currently available to date. The application of this technology for spacecraft water reclamation will be referenced as IWP (Ionomer-membrane Water Processor).

Principal Investigator:

John Straus
Principal Investigator

Business Contact:

Carole Hammond
Business Official
Small Business Information at Submission:

Paragon Space Development Corporation
AZ Tucson, AZ 85714-2221

EIN/Tax ID: 860734347
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No