This paper describes a newly designed, 2.7 Kg (6 pound) capacity, laundry machine called the Single Phase Space Laundry (SPSL). The machine was designed to wash and dry crew clothing in a micro-gravity environment. A prototype unit was fabricated for NASA-JSC under a Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) contract extending from September 1990 to January 1993.
The unit employs liquid jet agitation, microwave vacuum drying, and air jet tumbling, which was perfected by KC-135 zero-g flight testing. Operation is completely automated except for loading and unloading clothes. The unit uses about 20 percent less power than a conventional household appliance.