Single Phase Space Laundry Development

Paper #:
  • 932092

Published:
  • 1993-07-01
Citation:
Colombo, G., Putnam, D., Lunsford, T., Streech, N. et al., "Single Phase Space Laundry Development," SAE Technical Paper 932092, 1993, https://doi.org/10.4271/932092.
Pages:
9
Abstract:
This paper describes a newly designed, 2.7 Kg (6 pound) capacity, laundry machine called the Single Phase Space Laundry (SPSL). The machine was designed to wash and dry crew clothing in a micro-gravity environment. A prototype unit was fabricated for NASA-JSC under a Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) contract extending from September 1990 to January 1993.The unit employs liquid jet agitation, microwave vacuum drying, and air jet tumbling, which was perfected by KC-135 zero-g flight testing. Operation is completely automated except for loading and unloading clothes. The unit uses about 20 percent less power than a conventional household appliance.
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