New testing of Aquaporin Inside™ water filtration system in space

Aquaporin Space Alliance ApS, a joint venture between Aquaporin A/S and Danish Aerospace Company ApS (DAC), will carry out a second round of testing the Aquaporin Inside™ water filtration membrane in Space. This is another important step in developing filtration technology to efficiently reuse water in Space Stations.

The “Aquamembrane-2” test setup hardware with the Aquaporin Inside™ membranes will be launched to the International Space Station (ISS) on Monday October 17, 2016 at 04.03 hrs. UTC+1 on the Cygnus transport vehicle via Orbital ATK new Antares-230 rocket. The launch will take place at Virginia Space’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport Pad 0A on Wallops Island, Virginia USA.

The Aquamembrane-2 experiment comprises an Aquamembrane Osmotic Driven Test and will be performed by ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet in November 2016. The results and samples from the experiment are expected to be returned to Earth on Soyuz-48S in February 2017.

The goal of the experiment is to evaluate the efficiency and ability of Aquaporin Inside™ Membranes. The purpose is to investigate the “concentration polarization” effect between contaminated and clean water and alleviate the effectiveness in microgravity by active recirculation of the fluids across the membranes. This effect become dominating in space, as there is no gravity and thus no nano-scale buoyancy driven mixing in the fluids.

The first initial experiment with “Aquaporin Inside™ membranes was performed in September 2015 by the Danish ESA-astronaut Andreas Mogensen, aboard the ISS with very promising test results.  Second round of testing seek to provide more detailed results of the effectiveness of the membranes in microgravity and make a closer step towards developing a more natural, light and simple way for water filtration in space.

“The ultimate goal is to use Aquaporin Inside™ membranes for the ISS water filtration system, where they can replace the present multi-filtration beds, which are very heavy and require frequent replacement. Furthermore, the Aquaporin Inside™ membranes have a huge potential for saving upload mass in form off reusing water on future manned space vehicle to a Cislunar space station or on vehicles to Mars.” – says Thomas A. E. Andersen, CEO of ASA.

For further information:

CEO Thomas A. E. Andersen, Aquaporin Space Alliance ApS, phone +45 40 29 41 62

CEO, Peter Holme Jensen, Aquaporin A/S, phone +45 82 30 3082

Aquaporin A/S is a global cleantech company located in Kongens Lyngby, Denmark. Aquaporin is dedicated to revolutionizing water purification by means of industrial biotech techniques and knowhow. The main strategy is to develop the Aquaporin Inside™ technology capable of separating and purifying water from all other compounds.

Danish Aerospace Company ApS is a space technology company operating in the area of advanced medical instrumentation and other engineering fields primarily for space applications. The company is located in Odense, Denmark and is a subsidiary of the M. Goldschmidt Group, owned by Mikael Goldschmidt.

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