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Performance Assessment of the Exploration Water Recovery SystemA new water recovery system architecture designed to fulfill the National Aeronautics and Space Administration s (NASA) Space Exploration Policy has been tested at the Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC). This water recovery system architecture evolved from the current state-of-the-art system developed for the International Space Station (ISS). Through novel integration of proven technologies for air and water purification, this system promises to elevate existing system optimization. The novel aspect of the system is twofold. First, volatile organic compounds (VOC) are removed from the cabin air via catalytic oxidation in the vapor phase, prior to their absorption into the aqueous phase. Second, vapor compression distillation (VCD) technology processes the condensate and hygiene waste streams in addition to the urine waste stream. Oxidation kinetics dictate that removing VOCs from the vapor phase is more efficient. Treating the various waste streams by VCD reduces the load on the expendable ion exchange and adsorption media which follows, as well as the aqueous-phase catalytic oxidation process further downstream. This paper documents the results of testing this new architecture.
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Marshall Space Flight Center
Document Type
Conference Paper
Carter. D. Layne
(NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, AL, United States)
Tabb, David
(NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, AL, United States)
Perry, Jay
(NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, AL, United States)
Date Acquired
August 24, 2013
Publication Date
June 30, 2008
Subject Category
Man/System Technology And Life Support
Report/Patent Number
Meeting Information
Meeting: 38th International Conference on Environmental Systems
Location: San Francisco, CA
Country: United States
Start Date: June 30, 2008
End Date: July 2, 2008
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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