NASA, space flight, water recycling and forward osmosis

Michael Flynn, National Aeronautics & Space Administration, USA

Drinks on the International Space Station

Drinks on the International Space Station

For manned space vehicles and especially for the International Space Station, America's National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA) has had to invent and adapt many technologies. Not least among these are those aimed at life support and water supply in particular.

In developing these, forward osmosis (FO) is playing a prominent part. NASA Research in FO has demonstrated that it has both spacecraft and terrestrial applications. The terrestrial applications are just now becoming a reality.

This article first appeared in the August/September 2011 issue of Desalination & Water Reuse magazine.

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