The Mars SEAR will enable EVA on Mars without venting water, which is critical both for preserving the Martian environment and for conserving valuable life-support resources. The enhanced water absorption technology can be used to boost performance of SEAR thermal management systems for EVA suits in any environment. The enhanced SEAR technology can also be used to provide thermal storage on spacecraft or rovers that operate in variable thermal environments.
The SEAR technology can be used by the commercial space industry for space suit thermal control. The basic technology we propose to enhance absorption cooling has a wide range of terrestrial applications as part of high-value analytical instruments used for atmospheric sampling and analysis.