Scroll technology from Air Squared provides cutting-edge aerospace companies the one-of-a-kind compressor or vacuum pump solution they need to keep the world moving.

Today aerospace ranks among the world’s largest manufacturing industries. As the industry grows to heights, leading companies require pneumatic solutions that can overcome even the most difficult requirements

We understand most aerospace applications require one-of-a-kind solutions. From potable water supply on commercial aircraft to advanced defense systems, companies like Airbus and Lockheed Martin have trusted Air Squared. With an incredible range of capability and over twenty-five years of design and manufacturing experience, learn how several innovations from Air Squared can support your next application.

Scroll Technology Advantages

100% Oil-Free
Maintain the purity of your system with oil-free scroll technology
High-Performance in a Compact, Lightweight Design
Leverage innovations like spinning scroll and multi-stage scroll technology to dramatically reduce size and weight
Quiet, Smooth Operation
Dynamically balanced, valve-less, and near pulsation-free
Efficient Performance
Continuous compression and vacuum process, with no re-expansion or throttling losses
Reliable, Durable Solution
Long product life and simple field maintenance

Aerospace Applications

  • Commercial Aircraft Potable Water Supply
  • Air Separation
  • Gas Sampling and Analysis
  • Electronics and Galley Cooling
  • Radioactive, Toxic, and Costly Gas Processing
  • Vacuum Waste System
  • Nitrogen and Oxygen Generation
  • Waveguide Dehydration and Pressurization
  • Semiconductor Process Gas Handling
  • General Weapon and Military Development

Aerospace Products and Projects

From space-saving innovations like spinning scroll technology, to a scroll pump onboard the Mars 2020 rover, learn about past aerospace projects and the scroll technology innovations that support the aerospace industry.

Aerospace + Scroll Technology Projects

P09H017A Compact Scroll Compressor for Waveguide Pressurization

Compact Waveguide Pressurization Scroll Compressor

June 21, 2021

Next-generation military aircraft utilize sophisticated electronic countermeasure (ECM) systems to ensure safety and execute mission objectives. A critical component of ECMs are waveguide pressurization systems that direct radio waves in a particular direction and can be used both offensively and defensively. ECM systems require a set pressurized volume supplied with clean and dry air to […]

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P09H014A-BLDC-SH-LC Oil-Free Scroll Refrigeration Compressor

Oil-Free Scroll Compressor for Space Refrigerator

November 09, 2020

Vapor-compression refrigeration systems commonly use widely-manufactured oil-lubricated scroll and reciprocating compressors to superheat saturated vapor from the evaporator and circulate to the condenser. For operation in space, however, a vapor-compression cycle requires an oil-free compressor solution, as the zero-gravity environment causes standard oil return mechanisms to fail. Intended to support the Zero-Gravity Vapor Compression Refrigerator […]

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V06H014A-BLDC-SH-LC Semi-Hermetic, Liquid-Cooled, Scroll Vacuum Pump

Scroll Vacuum Pump for the International Space Station

April 13, 2020

Highly efficient, lightweight, and compact, the V06H014A-BLDC-SH-LC scroll vacuum pump is designed to support environmental control and life support systems (ECLSS) on board the International Space Station (ISS). It is the second Air Squared design scheduled for space flight in 2020. The V06H014A-BLDC-SH-LC will replace peristaltic pumps used for in-situ urine processing. The compact design […]

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P13H025A-BLDC-SH Oil-Free Scroll Refrigeration Compressor

Oil-Free Scroll Refrigeration Compressor for Aerospace

April 02, 2019

Environmental Control Systems (ECS) regulate sensitive electronics cooling, bleed air control, cabin pressure, and auxiliary systems in modern defense and civilian aircraft. Most systems use complex distributed rotary-vane and screw compressors that are constrained by intricate duct systems that compromise size, weight, and power. The P13H025A-BLDC-SH represents a compact and lightweight alternative with a superior […]

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P19H038A-BLDC-SH Semi-Hermetic Scroll Compressor

Semi-Hermetic Scroll Compressor for CO2 Collection

March 08, 2018

The semi-hermetic P19H038A-BLDC-SH is adopted from a non-sealed scroll compressor of similar design that is used onboard commercial airliners. The unit was modified to compress CO2 with minimal leakage and contamination of the working fluid and is part of an SBIR Phase I project awarded to Air Squared to develop scroll solutions that support ISRU […]

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P07T013A-BLDC-C-SH Two-Stage, Semi-Hermetic Scroll Compressor

Two-Stage Scroll Compressor for Vapor Compression Refrigeration

January 21, 2018

Designed as the driving compressor in the innovative Zero-Gravity Vapor Compression Refrigerator for space-bound food storage, the two-stage and semi-hermetic P07T013A-BLDC-C-SH scroll compressor is adaptable for several commercial refrigeration applications. The semi-hermetic housing facilitates compatibility with different working fluids, including air, inert gases, and refrigerants. The Two-stage design minimizes size and power requirements while maximizing […]

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P11T025B-BLDC-SH Semi-Hermetic Two-Stage Scroll Compressor

Two-Stage Semi-Hermetic Compressor for Aerospace

July 28, 2016

In early 2016, Air Squared was awarded a contract from Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) to develop a semi-hermetic scroll compressor that is capable of boosting Mars atmospheric pressure to match atmospheric pressure on Earth (7 Torr to 760 Torr). The compressor is part of the Mars Oxygen ISRU Experiment (MOXIE) technology demonstration experiment for the […]

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P11H024A-BLDC-SH Semi-Hermetic Scroll Compressor for the Mars 2020 Rover

Semi-Hermetic Scroll Compressor for Mars 2020 Mission

June 27, 2016

In early 2016, Air Squared was awarded a contract from Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) to develop a semi-hermetic scroll compressor that is capable of boosting Mars atmospheric pressure to match atmospheric pressure on Earth (7 Torr to 760 Torr). The compressor is part of the Mars Oxygen ISRU Experiment (MOXIE) technology demonstration experiment for the […]

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Spinning Scroll Compressor for H2 Recirculation

April 03, 2014

The P21H050A-BLDC-SH-SS is designed to boost 180 ºC, 100% humid hydrogen from 20 bara to 20.5 bara. Used to recirculate high-temperature hydrogen for a solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) system in a weight-sensitive aerospace application, this innovative spinning scroll compressor provides 375 lpmv of hydrogen to the anode side of the SOFC in a package […]

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Small-Scale Scroll Cryogenic Pump

November 23, 2013

Developed for NASA, the pump is designed to move low-temperature liquids efficiently in zero gravitycryogenic control devices. With numerous aerospace applications, the design can be used as a fuel pump for liquid hydrogen-fueled aircraft. The scroll pump was developed as part of a Phase I Small Business Innovation Research grant (SBIR). The SBIR asked for […]

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Stainless Recirculation Pump

Stainless O2 and H2 Recirculation Pump

March 14, 2010

The stainless steel hydrogen and oxygen recirculation pump was developed for Lockheed Martin’s ISIS program as part of the on-board fuel cell system. Excess electricity provided by the photovoltaic cells during the day is used to convert water into oxygen and hydrogen, which is used by the fuel cell system to power the dirigible during […]

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P19H038A-BLDC Scroll Compressor

Durable and Compact Scroll Compressor for Commercial Aerospace

March 08, 2009

Unique among scroll technology solutions for Air Squared, the P19H038A-BLDC is purpose-built to deliver maximum performance per kilogram in a minimal footprint, with the unique needs of aerospace applications considered throughout the entire design process. Intended for integration in a potable water supply system, the P19H038A-BLDC represents the state-of-the-art compressor solution for commercial aerospace applications. […]

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Aerospace + Scroll Technology Products

V10T016A-BLDC Two-Stage Scroll Vacuum Pump


Max Vacuum: 0.133 mbara Max Flow: 20 lpmv

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V16H030A-BLDC Scroll Vacuum Pump


Max Vacuum: 2 mbara Max Flow: 175 lpmv

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Aerospace + Scroll Technology News

Space Refrigerator Loading for Parabolic Flight

NASA Funds Parabolic Flight to Qualify Space Refrigerator

July 21, 2020

With SBIR Phase II-Extended funding from NASA, Air Squared will continue developing a groundbreaking zero-gravity vapor-compression refrigeration system. A collaboration with Purdue University,Whirlpool Corporation, Johnson Space Center, and the Armstrong Flight Research Center, the award will allow Air Squared to complete the development of an oil-free scroll compressor and test the novel system in microgravity. […]

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P09H026A-BLDC-SH Scroll Compressor On Board Perseverance Rover

Scroll Technology Headed to Mars On Board Perseverance Rover

July 20, 2020

Broomfield, CO – After years of development and flight qualification, the P09H026A-BLDC-SH scroll compressor is scheduled for spaceflight on the Mars 2020 mission. Scheduled to launch between July 30th and August 15th, 2020, the Perseverance rover will land in the Jezero Crater in February 2021. The compact compressor on board the Perseverance rover is part […]

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Concept Rendering of Second-Generation Spinning Scroll Boost Compressor for NASA Spacesuit Development

Spacesuit Spinning Scroll Boost Compressor Development Continues

June 24, 2020

Broomfield, CO – After successfully completing feasibility testing in 2019, Air Squared has received small business innovation research (SBIR) Phase II funding from NASA to continue the development of its pressure swing adsorption CO2 and H20-removal spinning scroll boost compressor (SSBC). Following the topic Exploration Portable Life Support System (xPLSS) for deep space and surface […]

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Concept Rendering of Spinning Scroll Boost Compressor (SSBC) for NASA Spacesuit Development

Spinning Scroll Compressor Funding Awarded to Support NASA Spacesuit Development

June 26, 2019

Broomfield, CO – To meet the demanding specifications of future space exploration, Air Squared has been awarded Phase I Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) funding through the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) for the development of a Spinning Scroll Boost Compressor (SSBC) that can support Exploration Extra Vehicular Mobility units (xEMU) in future Mars […]

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Cryogenic Spinning Scroll Pump (CSSP) Concept Rendering

CryoScroll™ Fuel Pump Awarded Phase II Funding by NASA

July 10, 2018

Air Squared is proud to announce the continued development of the world’s first cryogenic spinning scroll pump for liquid methane and oxygen spacecraft fuel systems. The Cryogenic Spinning Scroll Pump (CSSP) is the latest iteration of Air Squared’s CryoScroll™ technology designed to meet the size, weight, and power (SWaP) constraints of liquid methane-fueled spacecraft propulsion. […]

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Single-Stage Spinning Martian Atmosphere Scroll Compressor (MASC) Concept Rendering

NASA Award Funds Development of Martian Atmosphere Scroll Compressor

May 21, 2018

Broomfield, CO — The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has awarded Air Squared Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) funding to further develop its technology for In Situ Resource Utilization (ISRU) processes by collecting, separating, pressurizing, or processing gasses from the Mars atmosphere. The award follows a Phase I SBIR award where Air […]

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Zero-Gravity Vapor-Compression Refrigerator (ZVCR) Concept Rendering

Development of Zero-Gravity Refrigeration System Continues

May 04, 2018

Broomfield, CO –Air Squared is one step closer towards developing another innovation for the commercial space industry with Phase II Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) funding for a Zero-Gravity Vapor-Compression Refrigerator (ZVCR) from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The Phase II SBIR award will allow Air Squared to fabricate and test a full-scale […]

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Cryogenic Spinning Scroll Pump Concept

Development of CryoScroll™ Technology Continues With Funding Through NASA Award

June 22, 2017

Broomfield, CO — Air Squared first applied its experience with scroll technology to cryogenic fluids with the development of the “World’s First Small-Scale Positive Displacement Cryogenic Pump” in 2014. Air Squared had identified cryogenic pumping technology as an area where the state-of-the-art could be challenged by an innovative solution derived from their long history of […]

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Multi-Stage Scroll Compressor Concept

NASA Funds Multi-Stage Scroll Compressor Technology

May 05, 2017

Broomfield, CO — Air Squared has been awarded Phase I Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) funding through the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) under the topic Mars Atmosphere Acquisition, Separation, and Conditioning for In Situ Resource Utilization (ISRU). The SBIR award follows Air Squared’s work with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) on the Mars […]

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Concept Rendering of Integrated Compressor-Expander for Zero-Gravity Vapor Compression Refrigeration (ZVCR)

Space-Bound Refrigeration System Development Funded by NASA

March 31, 2017

Broomfield, CO — The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has awarded Air Squared Phase I Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) funding to develop a scroll-based zero-gravity vapor compression refrigeration (ZVCR) system for improved cold storage in space travel. The award follows a 2017 solicitation under the Logistics Reduction (H3.04) subtopic that is part of […]

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Mars Oxygen ISRU Experiment (MOXIE) Logo

Air Squared Awarded Contract to Develop Scroll Compressor in NASA MOXIE Demonstration Unit for Mars 2020 Mission

February 02, 2016

Broomfield, CO – After finishing an extensive paper study that evaluated the feasibility of designing a scroll compressor for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Air Squared, Inc. has been awarded a contract to develop two CO2 scroll compressor designs that will be used in the Mars Oxygen ISRU Experiment (MOXIE) technology demonstration experiment for the […]

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World’s First Small-Scale Positive Displacement Cryogenic Pump

April 11, 2014

With Phase I SBIR funding through NASA, Air Squared has designed, fabricated, and tested a scroll pump for use with cryogenic liquids.

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Scroll vacuum pump inside ’s high-altitude Global Hawk science aircraft

Scroll Vacuum Pumps Aboard NASA Global Hawk

April 23, 2013

Air Squared’s oil-free scroll vacuum pumps successfully used on NASA Global Hawk unmanned mission.

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NASA Outreach Program Assists Air Squared

March 26, 2012

New compressor design heads to production thanks to assistance from NASA outreach program.

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P14H22N3.58 Scroll Compressor

100 lpm, 100 psi Scroll Compressor

September 04, 2011

Developed for use in testing pilot suits, the compressor will be ideal for dental applications.

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Fuel Cell

Development for Fuel Cell Recirculation Pumps

August 12, 2011

High-reliability oxygen and hydrogen fuel cell recirculation pumps for a lighter-than-air aircraft application.

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Custom Scroll Design

Contact Air Squared to learn how custom scroll design can support medical applications with the most advanced compressor and vacuum pump solution available.

Advanced Custom Design Capability for Aerospace

For over twenty-five years, Air Squared has continuously challenged the limits of possibility with scroll technology. With an ever-expanding range of custom design capability, put our long history of innovation to work in your application.


Spinning scroll technology provides aerospace customers the lightest compressor and vacuum pump solution available.

Compact Footprint

Unique staged configurations allow scroll compressors and vacuum pumps to fit in small space envelope without sacrificing performance.

Gases other than Air

With several patented semi-hermetic configurations, scroll compressors and vacuum pumps can be used for far more than moving air.

Exotic Fluid Compatibility

All-metallic scroll design allows Air Squared to provide solutions that are compatible with virtually any working fluid – even radioactive tritium.

Elevated Temperatures

Using patented liquid-cooled scroll technology and stainless steel or other alloys, solutions can be designed to withstand harsh temperatures and enviormental conditions.


With patented liquid-cooled scroll technology, scroll compressors can now be designed for pressure ratios that were previously unattainable.

High Vacuum

Using patented coatings and staged scroll technology, scroll vacuum pumps can achieve high vacuum without the need for a roughing pump.


Air Squared can design scroll solutions for extreme cryogenic conditions – even pumping cryogenic liquids.


When minimal power consumption is critical, leverage the inherent efficiency advantage of orbiting and spinning scroll technology.