NASA’s breakthrough tech could help meet global oxygen demand


A new type of oxygen generation system developed by US independent space agency NASA could be set to help meet the surge in global oxygen demand triggered by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Featuring a ceramic ion transport membrane, the solid-state device aims to generate high purity oxygen at high pressure. Built with no moving parts, the initial prototype currently operates at a small scale (30-40 slpm – standard litre per minute, 5-10 bar) and was developed primarily to recharge oxygen tanks for astronaut’s spacesuits. 

In a world-exclusive reveal, Dr John C. Graf, Technology Development Lead for Life Support at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, discussed the agency’s latest innovations in oxygen generation technology during gasworld’s Medical Gases Virtual Event 2022 held today, April 7th.

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