Calnetix Technologies' High-Speed Blower System Successfully Installed on International Space Station
Calnetix Technologies today announced that their Four Bed Carbon Dioxide Scrubber (FBCO2) high-speed blower system was successfully installed by NASA on the International Space Station (ISS). The magnetically levitated blower system is providing the airflow for the FBCO2 system in a microgravity space environment and has been operating continuously since February 22nd.
CERRITOS, Calif., April 13, 2023 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — Calnetix Technologies today announced that their Four Bed Carbon Dioxide Scrubber (FBCO2) high-speed blower system was successfully installed by NASA on the International Space Station (ISS). The magnetically levitated blower system is providing the airflow for the FBCO2 system in a microgravity space environment and has been operating continuously since February 22nd.
“Having our first magnetic bearing blower deployment in space is a great milestone achievement for Calnetix,” said Vatche Artinian, CEO of Calnetix. “We are looking forward to building on this success and exploring future opportunities with NASA on utilization of our magnetic bearing systems in space and aerospace applications that challenge conventional bearing technologies.”
Calnetix worked with NASA to develop a custom blower system, which includes Momentum™, an in-line blower on active magnetic bearings, and Continuum™, an integrated hybrid dual controller, to drive the blower. The dual controller consists of an active magnetic bearing (AMB) controller and a variable speed drive (VSD) motor controller in a single compact package that supports speeds up to 60,000 RPM with long-term maintenance-free operation. Calnetix’s Powerflux™ AMBs were used to provide high speed levitation and reliability, oil-free operation and resistance to particle contaminants in the air stream. The flight hardware components supplied by Calnetix met all the critical design, interface, performance and environmental requirements for a compact and robust blower system.
The new scrubber blasted off to the ISS in November 2022 after extensive ground testing at NASA Marshall in Huntsville, Alabama facility.
About Calnetix Technologies
Calnetix Technologies, LLC (“Calnetix”), headquartered in Cerritos, Calif., is focused on Innovation That Drives Industries®. The company specializes in high-performance, high-speed motor generators and best-in-class advanced magnetic bearings and control systems. Calnetix’s patented, underlying technologies, which have been in use since the company’s inception in 1998, have made Calnetix a world leader in the design and production of high-speed electromagnetic machines. The company’s overall technology portfolio and system integration capabilities have led to development and production contracts with industry leaders and the genesis of many successful subsidiaries that focus on unique niche markets.
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