Nonventing Thermal and Humidity Control for EVA Suits

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX11CB45C
Agency Tracking Number: 094798
Amount: $599,824.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: X2.05
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
NH, Hanover, NH, 03755-3116
DUNS: 072021041
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Michael Izenson
 Principal Investigator
 (603) 603-3800
 mgi@creare.com
Business Contact
 James Barry
Title: President
Phone: (603) 643-3800
Email: contractsmgr@creare.com
Research Institution
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Abstract
Future manned space exploration missions will require space suits with capabilities beyond the current state of the art. Portable Life Support Systems for these future space suits face daunting challenges, since they must maintain healthy and comfortable conditions inside the suit for long-duration missions while minimizing weight and venting no consumables. We propose to develop an innovative system for thermal and humidity control in a space suit that is simple, rugged, lightweight, and nonventing. In Phase I we proved the feasibility of our approach by identifying the optimal materials, developing fabrication methods, building and testing a proof-of-concept system, and demonstrating by test that its performance is suitable for use in space suit life support systems. Results from these tests agree well with our design models, which we used to produce a conceptual design for a full-size system. In Phase II we will optimize the overall design for integration with space suit systems, produce a full-size prototype, and demonstrate operation in a prototypical environment.

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