NASA mission planners continue to develop plans for investigating celestial bodies including Europa, Enceladus, and Mars for potential life detection. Contamination Control and Planetary Protection requirements focus on both forward and backward contamination from such bodies where NASA has shown that vaporized hydrogen peroxide (VHP) is an effective method for sterilizing samples and surfaces. However, there are a number of pressing issues NASA mission planners have identified using VHP that include:
For NASA applications, Contamination Control and Planetary Protection requirements focus on both forward and backward contamination from such bodies where a number of acceptable processes have been developed for sterilizing spacecraft hardware and sample return materials. Vaporized hydrogen peroxide in particular has been established as an effective sterilant for NASA applications. However, a big challenge is ensuring an effective sterilant is present and efficient for long duration space missions.
Commercial opportunities for the hydrogen peroxide generator may be directed toward medical equipment sterilization. Integrating Skyhaven’s compact vaporized hydrogen peroxide generator into a desktop sterilization unit will enable safe and effective sterilization.