Many well-known companies are leveraging the unique conditions on the International Space Station (ISS) U.S. National Laboratory to improve consumer products that people use every day—from Procter and Gamble’s research to enhance household products to Budweiser’s experiments to identify new malt barley varieties and Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company’s investigation to develop advanced materials for consumer tires. Now, Delta Faucet Company is going to space to help improve your shower back on Earth.
Delta Faucet Company is sending an experiment to the ISS National Lab with the goal of refining its commercially available H2OKinetic® shower head technology. The investigation, supported by ISS National Lab Implementation Partner Zin Technologies, is scheduled to launch on SpaceX’s 20th commercial resupply services (CRS) mission.
Delta Faucet Company’s innovative H2OKinetic® technology is designed to control the size and speed of water droplets as they leave the shower head. Fewer water drops are used, but because the drops are larger and are moving faster, it creates a feeling of increased pressure using less water. This not only conserves water but also creates a better experience for the user.
On the ISS National Lab, Delta Faucet Company will evaluate water droplet formation and flow in microgravity to determine how they might be able to improve their H2OKinetic® technology. Insight gained from this investigation could lead to new designs that allow for more precise control of water droplets to further enhance the ability of the shower head to conserve water.
For more information about all of the ISS National Lab-sponsored investigations on this mission, please visit our SpaceX-CRS-20 launch page.