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rapid cycling co2 and h2o removal system for emuNASA's planned future missions set stringent demands on the design of the Portable Life Support Systems (PLSS), requiring dramatic reductions in weight, decreased reliance on supplies and greater flexibility on the types of missions. Use of regenerable systems that reduce weight and volume of the EMU is of critical importance to NASA, both for low orbit operations and for long duration manned missions. The CO2 and humidity control unit in the existing PLSS design is relatively large, since it has to remove 8 hours worth of CO2. If the sorbent regeneration can be carried out during the extravehicular activity (EVA) with a relatively high regeneration frequency, the size of the sorbent canister and weight can be significantly reduced. TDA Research, Inc. (TDA) is developing a compact, regenerable sorbent-based system to control CO2 and humidity in the space suit ventilation loop. The sorbent can be regenerated using space vacuum during the EVA, eliminating all duration-limiting elements in the life support system. This paper summarizes the results of the sorbent development and testing, and evaluation efforts. The results of a preliminary system analysis are also included, showing the size and volume reductions provided by the new system.
Document ID
20060020699
Document Type
Preprint (Draft being sent to journal)
Authors
Alptekin, Gokhan
(TDA Research, Inc. Wheat Ridge, CO, United States)
Cates, Matthew
(TDA Research, Inc. Wheat Ridge, CO, United States)
Dubovik, Margarita
(TDA Research, Inc. Wheat Ridge, CO, United States)
Gershanovich, Yevgenia
(TDA Research, Inc. Wheat Ridge, CO, United States)
Paul, Heather
(NASA Johnson Space Center Houston, TX, United States)
Thomas, Gretchen
(NASA Johnson Space Center Houston, TX, United States)
Date Acquired
September 7, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 2006
Subject Category
Space Processing
Meeting Information
SAE International Conference on Environmental(Norfolk, VA)
Funding Number(s)
CONTRACT_GRANT: NNJ05JB96C
OTHER: 288-04-04-04
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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