Ionomer-membrane Water Processor System Design and EDU Demonstration

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX12CA10C
Agency Tracking Number: 104720
Amount: $749,463.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: X3.01
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: 2010
Award Year: 2012
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2012-05-18
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2014-05-31
Small Business Information
AZ, Tucson, AZ, 85714-2221
DUNS: 837002294
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 John Straus
 Principal Investigator
 (520) 382-4809
Business Contact
 Carole Hammond
Title: Business Official
Phone: (520) 382-4814
Research Institution
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).

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