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Will Astronauts Wash Clothes on the Way to Mars?Future human space exploration missions will lengthen to years, and keeping crews clothed without a huge resupply burden is an important consideration for habitation systems. A space laundry system could be the solution; however, the resources it uses must be accounted for and must win out over the reliable practice of simply bringing along enough spare underwear. NASA has conducted trade-off studies through its Logistics Reduction Project to compare current space clothing systems, life extension of that clothing, traditional water-based clothes washing, and other sanitizing techniques. The best clothing system depends on the mission and assumptions but, in general, analysis results indicate that washing clothes on space missions will start to pay off as mission durations approach a year.
Document ID
20150003039
Document Type
Conference Paper
Authors
Ewert, Michael K. (NASA Johnson Space Center Houston, TX, United States)
Jeng, Frank F. (Barrios Technology, Inc. Houston, TX, United States)
Date Acquired
March 17, 2015
Publication Date
July 12, 2015
Subject Category
Man/System Technology and Life Support
Report/Patent Number
JSC-CN-33058
ICES-2015-53
Meeting Information
International Conference on Environmental Systems(Bellevue, WA)
Funding Number(s)
WBS: WBS 203950
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Public Use Permitted.

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