Request ID:  LWCS

Request Title:  Low-Water Clothing Sanitation

Submitting Organization:  NASA Johnson Space Center

For Questions about Request:  Send e-mail to Collaborations@TCC-Houston.org


DESCRIPTION:

There are no water based laundry or clothes washing systems on the International Space Station (ISS) and none are currently planned for long duration human space missions due to the large amount of power, mass, water, and volume needed. Since the current method of discarding clothing after use on
the ISS won’t be an option for deep space missions, new and novel techniques or systems are highly desired. Any method or system that will extend the life of the clothing would also be useful.


TIME FRAME FOR COLLABORATION:

Responses will be reviewed as they’re received and collaborations can begin at any time.


PROGRESS MADE SO FAR:

Limited progress has been made in developing waterless laundry systems for crew exercise clothing.


ALREADY TRIED OR CONSIDERED:

Low level feasibility tests have been performed exposing clothing to vacuum, UV light, ozone, or supercritical carbon dioxide. Some level of success has been reached for small samples in the lab. NASA is also currently investigating using microwaves to clean / treat clothing.


TYPES OF COLLABORATIONS BEING SOUGHT:

NASA seeks unique ideas, knowledge sharing opportunities, or potential partnership arrangements (if applicable). This technology may be of interest to other industries such as medical equipment developers or consumer appliance manufacturers as well as other government agencies such as the Department of Defense.


POTENTIAL BENEFITS FOR COLLABORATION PARTNERS:

Partners can potentially benefit from NASA’s unique capabilities, technology advancements, and expertise. In addition, new Intellectual Property (IP) may be created through a collaboration that would enable the partner to commercialize the technology for other applications such as hospital sterilization, deep field military expeditions, remote communities / third-world countries, or any other remote operation where a steady supply of clothing is impractical or where water resources are scarce.


OTHER POTENTIAL APPLICATIONS FOR THIS TECHNOLOGY:

Other applications include hospital sterilization, deep field military expeditions, remote communities / third-world countries, or any other remote operation where a steady supply of clothing is impractical or where water resources are scarce. This technology may be of interest to other industries such as medical equipment developers or consumer appliance manufacturers as well as other government agencies such as the Department of Defense.

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