DEVELOPMENT OF A LIQUID-SORBENT/MEMBRANE-CONTACTOR SUBSYSTEM FOR CO2 REMOVAL

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 10403
Amount: $418,400.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1990
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Solitcitation Topic Code: N/A
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Small Business Information
Bend Research Inc.
64550 Research Rd, Bend, OR, 97701
Duns: N/A
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Scott B Mccray
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Abstract
LARGE CREW NUMBERS, LONG-DURATION MISSIONS, AND SEVERE LAUNCH AND RESUPPLY PENALTIES MAKE THE DEVELOPMENT OF REGENERATIVE ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL AND LIFE SUPPORT SYSTEMS (ECLSS) A NECESSITY FOR BASES ON THE MOON OR MARS, AS WELL AS FOR DEEP-SPACE FLIGHTS. THE PURPOSE OF THIS PROPOSED PROGRAM IS TO DEVELOP AN INNOVATIVE, CONTINUOUS ECLSS SYSTEMFOR CARBON DIOXIDE REMOVAL. THE FOCUS OF THE PHASE I PROGRAM WILL BE THE PRELIMINARY DEVELOPMENT OF A NOVEL, MEMBRANE-BASED SYSTEM FOR CO2 REMOVAL. RATHER THAN USING A POLYMERIC MEMBRANE THAT WOULD SELECTIVELY REMOVE CO2 FROM AIR, WE PROPOSE TO DEVELOP A SYSTEM THAT USES A MICROPOROUS MEMBRANE (IN A "MEMBRANE CONTACTOR" CONFIGURATION) IN COMBINATION WITH A LIQUID SORBENT. THIS NOVEL COMBINATION REPRESENTS A LIGHTWEIGHT, ENERGY-EFFICIENTALTERNATIVE TO THE CURRENT SYSTEMS BEING DEVELOPED BY NASA--A SIGNIFICANT ADVANCE IN THE STATE OF THE ART.

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