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Delta Faucet Company Joins Forces with International Space Station U.S. National Laboratory to Investigate Water Activity in Microgravity

Press Release From: Delta Faucet Company
Posted: Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Today, Delta Faucet Company announced its partnership with the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS), in collaboration with the International Space Station U.S. National Laboratory, to study the formation of water droplets, water flow and pressure in microgravity. The experiment will leverage Delta Faucet Company's proprietary H2OKinetic® Technology to shed light on water flow in microgravity and how to deliver an enhanced shower experience for consumers.

Delta Faucet created H2OKinetic Technology to sculpt shower water into a unique pattern by manipulating the size of water droplets, providing three times the coverage of a standard shower head.1 However, in space, the impact of gravity on water droplet formation and size has the potential to transform the technology into something never seen before.

"We are thrilled to collaborate with CASIS – manager of the International Space Station U.S. National Laboratory – and are eager to send our innovative technology to space to glean unique research and insights," said Paul Patton, senior manager of innovation and regulatory for Delta Faucet Company. "The results of this investigation will be incredibly important to our future work at Delta Faucet. The potential to expand our knowledge of how water droplets are formed, and potentially enhance everyday experiences in the shower, will increase the boundaries of our technology and the impact we can make for consumers."

Delta Faucet will speak at the International Space Station Research and Development Conference this week to announce the partnership and share a preview of the space experiment. With the help of the International Space Station U.S. National Laboratory and CASIS officials, astronauts, and investigators from dlhBOWLES Engineering, Delta Faucet plans to launch the microgravity investigation from Wallops Island Flight Facility in Virginia as early as November 2018. Once the testing is complete, the same study will be conducted on Earth in order to compare results.

"The research Delta Faucet and CASIS will compile this year has the potential to truly impact the plumbing industry as well as other spray applications," said Russell Hester, director of business development at dlhBOWLES. "As a key player in fluid management systems, we are fascinated with the opportunities research in a microgravity situation will uncover."

Results of the testing will be made final after a successful launch to the International Space Station.

About Delta Faucet Company

Founded by Masco Corporation in 1954 with the introduction of the single-handle faucet, Delta Faucet Company is proud to be America's faucet innovation leader, featuring Delta®, Brizo® and Peerless® products. A WaterSense® partner of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Delta Faucet  is a global organization offering kitchen and bath faucets, showerheads, toilets and related accessories, selling products in more than 53 countries.  For more information, visit deltafaucet.com.

About CASIS

The Center for Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) is the nonprofit organization selected to manage the International Space Station U.S National Laboratory with a focus on enabling a new era of space research to improve life on Earth. In this innovative role, CASIS promotes and brokers a diverse range of research in life sciences, physical sciences, remote sensing, technology development, and education.

Since 2011, the U.S. National Lab portfolio has included hundreds of novel research projects spanning multiple scientific disciplines, all with the intention of benefitting life on Earth. Working together with NASA, CASIS aims to advance the nation's leadership in commercial space, pursue groundbreaking science not possible on Earth, and leverage the space station to inspire the next generation.

About dlhBOWLES

dlhBOWLES is the recognized leader in the design, development and manufacture of fluid management and systems components, supplying to the world's leading manufacturers. We have the experience, expertise and capability to provide your program with the best, most cost-effective systems possible. Our dedication to producing high quality, cost-competitive products has yielded over fifty years of growth and product expansion, making dlhBOWLES one of the most reliable suppliers in the industry. Dependability is as core to our business as it is to our products.

Delivering highly engineered solutions for more than 50 years, we leverage our deep knowledge and diverse expertise to position our partners on the leading edge of quality, performance and constant innovation.

dlhBOWLES is a respected contributor to the plumbing industry and works with some of the biggest household names in the industry. Our dedicated team of engineers optimize the use of reduced flow rates to produce water saving products and create energy efficient products without compromising user experience

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