Our separation technology is conceptually independent on the presence of gravity and therefore testing what exactly happens when there is no gravity is a great opportunity to learn more about our devices. We expect that the experiments on the space station will help us both improve terrestrial applications and enable extraterrestrial ones
As space travel and extraterrestrial habitation become a reality, it is becoming important to be able synthesize chemicals in space. Liquid separation is a key step in liquid extraction, one of the common steps in pharmaceutical production.
Unlike conventional technology, Zaiput’s liquid separators use surface forces, rather than gravity, making them capable of separating liquids in space.
Zaiput Flow Technologies sent its patented liquid separation technology to the International Space Station to test its applicability to drug development in microgravity.
Zaiput separators were launched from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket as part of the CRS-13 Mission, a cargo resupply services mission to the International Space Station (ISS). The first launch took place on December 15, 2017 and the Dragon reached the Space Station 2 days later.
A second launch took place on May 21, 2018 onboard an Antares CRS-9 Orbital ATK.
Analysis shows that Zaiput’s separators were able to effectively separate immiscible liquids in space while under remote operation and observation.
This result highlights the usefulness of this technology for space as well as the ability to use this technology for applications that have not been tested before.
The Zaiput team is excited to contribute to the advancement of chemistry in space and hopes to expand upon the knowledge gained to improve Zaiput’s products wherever they are used.
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