Next-generation manned space stations
AquiSense Technologies, the world leader in ultraviolet (UV) LED disinfection technology, has participated in ten distinct aerospace projects.
The space journey started in 2015 when AquiSense was selected to participate in BIOWYSE, a Horizon 2020 project dedicated to designing and testing a water monitoring and treatment system for next-generation manned space stations.
Since then, several other aerospace projects have looked for leading water treatment technology from AquiSense. These projects include product design and hardware supply to both private space companies, such as Bigelow Aerospace, Thales Alenia Space Italia, KBR Wyle, and Aero Sekur, and various NASA groups, including those at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Johnson Space Center, and Marshall Space Flight Center.
Disinfecting astronauts’ drinking water
These projects range from keeping growth systems clean in space-bound greenhouses, to decreasing the maintenance burden from nuisance biofilm formation in enclosed systems, to disinfecting the water that astronauts drink on the International Space Station.
“We feel the driving factor for all of these projects is our leading knowledge of system design and the application of UV-C LEDs in unique environments,” said Rich Simons, Ph.D., product development scientist at AquiSense Technologies Europe.
“These types of applications are exciting for us as they drive innovation for our technology and allow us to better understand the possibilities and limits of UV-C LED disinfection.”