From: Space Foundation
Posted: Thursday, June 25, 2015
The Space Foundation’s international Space Certification program has added a new technology. ORBITAL SYSTEMS' "Shower of the Future" shares the same water purification technology that NASA uses in space. As one of many components in a larger closed loop system, ORBITAL SYSTEMS has modified and brought forward a new solution that makes the system commercially suitable for Earthly water applications for non-potable use. It is manufactured and supplied on demand to ORBITAL SYSTEMS made in the U.S.
What began as an academic joint project between Mehrdad Mahdjoubi, ORBITAL SYSTEMS' CEO and Founder, and NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston has since evolved into a young and growing company. The project was led by the Habitation and Exploration Missions and Systems Office at NASA/JSC, together with the School of Industrial Design at Lund University in Sweden, and was focused on bringing forward design concepts relevant for Mars missions.
With support from Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) funding from Johnson Space Center, Argonide Corporation tested and developed its proprietary nanofiber filter media. Capable of removing more than 99.99 percent of dangerous particles, such as bacteria, viruses and parasites, the media was incorporated into the company's commercial NanoCeram water filter and inducted into the 2005 Space Technology Hall of Fame.
Built on a unique approach to recycling water in domestic applications, ORBITAL SYSTEMS strives to set a new higher standard for domestic water consumption. The team is supported by an advisory board which includes current Systems Engineer at NASA, Larry Toups, designer and professor Claus-Christian Eckhardt and Skype founder Niklas Zennström, who is also an investor in the company.
About Space Certification
Products and services that display the Space Certification seal are guaranteed to have stemmed from, or been dramatically improved by, technologies originally developed for space exploration or to have significant impact in teaching people about the value of space utilization.
Developed and administered by the Space Foundation, the Space Certification program serves three purposes:
Providing a unique marketing edge for Space Certification partners
Demonstrating to the public how space technologies now improve life on Earth
Making space knowledge more interesting and accessible to everyone
There are three classifications of Space Foundation Certified Products:
Certified Technology Products - Products or services that directly result from space technology or space program development or advances in space technology
Certified Educational Products - Products used in educational environments to stimulate interest in and knowledge about space
Certified Imagination Products - Entertainment products, games or toys that increase interest in and excitement for space and inspire new generations to take an active interest in space
A global, nonprofit organization, the Space Foundation is a leader in space awareness activities, educational programs that bring space into the classroom, major space industry events and space research studies, analyses and publications, all in support of its mission "to advance space-related endeavors to inspire, enable and propel humanity." Headquartered in Colorado Springs, the Space Foundation has an office in Washington, D.C., and a field office in Houston.
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