Under a Phase 1 NASA Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) Grant, InnovaPrep is adapting its bio-concentration technology to work in a microgravity environment. The developed system is slated for use aboard the International Space Station (ISS) for the purpose of monitoring the safety of the ISS water supply.
For the project, InnovaPrep Engineer, Alec Adolphson, recently traveled to Portland State University to to work along with Oregon-based company, IRPI LLC, to test the modified device using the 5-story Dryden Drop Tower.
The testing simulated microgravity for 2.1 seconds, which was long enough to confirm proof of concept for modified components of the concentrator. Additional drop tower testing of the concentrator is planned in the near future. The video below shows the recent experiment in action: