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Amine Swingbed Payload Testing on ISSOne of NASA Johnson Space Center's test articles of the amine-based carbon dioxide (CO2) and water vapor sorbent system known as the CO2 And Moisture Removal Amine Swing-bed, or CAMRAS, was incorporated into a payload on the International Space Station (ISS). The intent of the payload is to demonstrate the spacecraft-environment viability of the core atmosphere revitalization technology baselined for the new Orion vehicle. In addition to the air blower, vacuum connection, and controls needed to run the CAMRAS, the payload incorporates a suite of sensors for scientific data gathering, a water save function, and an air save function. The water save function minimizes the atmospheric water vapor reaching the CAMRAS unit, thereby reducing ISS water losses that are otherwise acceptable, and even desirable, in the Orion environment. The air save function captures about half of the ullage air that would normally be vented overboard every time the cabin air-adsorbing and space vacuum-desorbing CAMRAS beds swap functions. The JSC team conducted 1000 hours of on-orbit Amine Swingbed Payload testing in 2013 and early 2014. This paper presents the basics of the payload's design and history, as well as a summary of the test results, including comparisons with prelaunch testing.
Document ID
Document Type
Conference Paper
Button, Amy B.
(Jacobs Technologies Engineering Science Contract Group Houston, TX, United States)
Sweterlitsch, Jeffrey J.
(NASA Johnson Space Center Houston, TX, United States)
Date Acquired
June 4, 2014
Publication Date
January 1, 2014
Subject Category
Spacecraft Design, Testing And Performance
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Meeting Information
International Conference on Environmental Systems(Tucson, AZ)
Distribution Limits
Public Use Permitted.
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