Advanced Microgravity Compatible, Integrated Laundry System

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$709,402.00
Award Year:
2013
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
NNX13CA60C
Agency Tracking Number:
114987
Solicitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
X3.02
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
UMPQUA Research Company
P.O. Box 609, Myrtle Creek, OR, 97457-0102
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
068766781
Principal Investigator:
William Michalek
Principal Investigator
(541) 863-2654
michalek@urcmail.net
Business Contact:
John Aker
Business Official
(541) 863-2655
aker@urcmail.net
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
An Advanced Microgravity Compatible, Integrated laundry System (AMCILS) is proposed that uses a two phase water / water vapor system to allow good agitation of clothing during the wash & rinse cycle. Drying will be accomplished utilizing microwave energy addition and "jet" air flow to fluff and move clothing in the washing chamber. Operation in a two phase water / water vapor system precludes the formation of sustainable foam in the wash effluent while allowing adequate volume for agitation of clothing in a weightless environment while using a minimum amount of water. Drying using air "jets" and microwave addition was proven during micro-gravity testing performed in the Single Phase Space Laundry Phase II program (NASA contract No. NAS9-18362, Jan. 1993) The Phase II effort will build upon the successful Phase I feasibility demonstration of the AMCIL concept and result in delivery of a working AMCIL prototype whose performance will be thoroughly characterized and delivered to NASA for independent testing. The AMCIL promises a reduction in ESM associated with crew clothing on long duration missions through the reduction of expendables. Clothing can be re-used which minimizes ESM associated with storage of new clothing, and waste storage associated with used clothing.

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