Regenerable Sorbent for Combined CO2, Water, and Trace-Contaminant Capture in the Primary Life Support System (PLSS)

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$124,996.00
Award Year:
2013
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NNX13CJ32P
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
125193
Solicitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Topic Code:
H4.02
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
87 Church Street, East Hartford, CT, 06108-3720
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
021804661
Principal Investigator:
MarekWojtowicz
Vice-President, Clean Energy
(860) 528-9806
marek@AFRinc.com
Business Contact:
MichaelSerio
President
(860) 528-9806
mserio@AFRinc.com
Research Institute:
Stub




Abstract
The NASA objective of expanding the human experience into the far reaches of space requires the development of regenerable life support systems. This proposal addresses the development of an integrated air-revitalization system for the space suit used in Extravehicular Activities (EVAs). The proposed innovations are: (1) a single CO2, H2O, and trace-contaminant management unit; (2) a single sorbent possessing the capability to remove CO2, H2O, and trace contaminants; (3) monolithic sorption unit to provide the following functions: (a) CO2 sorbent; (b) H2O sorbent; (c) trace-contaminants sorbent; (d) low pressure drop; (e) good thermal management (heat transfer and low heat of adsorption); (f) resistance to dusty environments; and (4) regenerable operation. The overall objective is to develop a CO2/H2O/trace-contaminant removal system that is regenerable and that possesses weight, size, and power-requirement advantages over the current state of the art. The Phase 1 objectives are: (1) to demonstrate the technical feasibility of using a novel CO2 sorbent; and (2) to demonstrate effective CO2, H2O, and ammonia sorption and regeneration. This will be accomplished in three tasks: (1) Sorbent Preparation and Characterization; (2) Sorbent Testing; and (3) Product Assessment.

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