Such a device as the washing machine for zero gravity isn’t just a matter of laughter during scientific discussions. NASA can assure everyone in doubt that such a project is quite real and its purpose is not to be useless, wasteful or impractical.
The conditions for the astronauts spending time on the International Space Station or other long term project in space required some improvement. A very important aspect, in particular, was the laundry. With resupplying not being a viable option, astronauts had to wear the same garments (including socks and underwear) for long periods of time. Although this may not be the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of space voyages, it turns out to be one of those things one takes for granted while being on planet Earth, living in a modern society.
In association with NASA, UMPQUA Research Company came up with an elegant and futuristic design that may be able to solve this problem: the washing machine for zero gravity. Instead of clothes being transported via unmanned capsules in order to burn in the Earth’s atmosphere or being used as growing environment for plants, now laundry can be cleaned using a combination of air, vapor and microwave rays.
While making this amazing space device, UMPQUA Research Company took into consideration the instructions given by NASA. One primary aspect was for the device to be low-power and low-water, for obvious reasons. The power distributed in a space ship has other applications in the line of duty before being used to operate a washing machine and a space station with zero gravity isn’t exactly the safest place to be when water is floating around, threatening all the electronics in its vicinity. That’s how the water came to be replaced with alternative cleaning mechanics such as air, vapors and microwave rays. As it turns out, this technique not only does clean laundry but also makes clothes softer in comparison with the traditional water vacuum pressing systems.
The research company that put this project into motion announced that the zero gravity washing machine could also make life easier in other environments such as maritime vessels (including submarines) and other isolated areas (such as research posts).
This brilliant idea is a perfect example of applied technology of the future and it may turn out to be one of those things that could lead humanity to its bright future, overcoming every obstacle. In the end, the zero gravity washing machine turns out to be a viable project that can be able to make life easier and improve living, overall.