The developed Liquid Acquisition Device will have immediate applications within NASA at both the design and subsystem level for cryogenic propellant systems. The design approach is also portable to a variety of passive fluids management operations on spacecraft including storable propellants, thermal control fluids, and water processing systems for life support. Current and advanced systems are being pursued by both NASA and the commercial aerospace industry.
Non-NASA markets include commercial spaceflight, with hopes of terrestrial applications concerning biomedical diagnostics, inkjet printing, microfluidics, and Lab-on-a-Chip technologies. The ability to passively separate and store fluid phases for 100% single phase delivery is a desirable unit operation for a variety of important applications at large scales aboard spacecraft, but at small scales on earth. Our design methodology is appropriate for both environments.