Tucson firm wins NASA contract for space water-purification system
NASA has awarded Tucson-based Paragon Space Development Corp. a contract for the full-scale development of a water-purification system to be demonstrated on the International Space Station in 2018.
The system is designed to increase the rate of water recovery from the urine of astronauts aboard the space station.
The contract is valued at $5.1 million for the delivery of one processor assembly, and is sponsored by NASA’s Advanced Exploration Systems Division, NASA said.
Work on the contract will be performed at Paragon Space Development’s Tucson facilities.
NASA said the technology, currently scheduled for flight in 2018, will undergo a test demonstration on the space station to verify it further closes the “water loop,” with a goal of achieving at least 94 percent recovery of water from urine.