The proposed technology will take ambient air and water and deliver pure, dry high pressure oxygen at a rate of 0.9 kg/day at the end of Phase I. The high pressure achievable allows for both direct oxygen use and filling of oxygen life-support tanks. There are no other sub-systems necessary for this device and, obviously any NASA manned space mission could use this technology. As volumes would be low for NASA applications, Giner would work with a space system integration company to develop test and final space articles. Giner is currently working with Hamilton Sundstrand in the development of a simplified static feed oxygen generator for the International Space Station. A similar relationship would be pursued to deliver this technology to NASA Giner would also consider working with NASA to directly deliver the technology for NASA needs. In a parallel path to NASA?s needs, Giner has a relationship with other private sector space integrators such as Bigelow Aeropsace which may be interested in this technology as it matures. Today our interaction with these type of companies have only accepted high TRL level products to incorporate into their ongoing projects.
Giner is very excited about a secondary application for the EOC, however in the field of organ preservation. Giner has come quite far in developing an organ transport and preservation system to maintain viability during transport by keeping the organ exposed to oxygen by persufflation, the passage of oxygen through the organs vascular system. Although this device uses an EOC, most of our work to date has concentrated on demonstrating the efficacy of the concept. The current NASA program will further advance the underlying technology, allowing us to increase reliability, while reducing mass; critical features for both applications. Underwater manned vehicles will be another secondary application and customer base that we would pursue, starting with Treadwell who currently serves the US NAVY, followed by Corac (ACI) who serve the British and French Navys, and ultimately offering to select private integrators for recreational use.