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Space Mission Utility and Requirements for a Heat Melt CompactorManagement of waste on long-duration space missions is both a problem and an opportunity. Uncontained or unprocessed waste is a crew health hazard and a habitat storage problem. A Heat Melt Compactor (HMC) such as NASA has been developing is capable of processing space mission trash and converting it to useful products. The HMC is intended to process space mission trash to achieve a number of objectives including: volume reduction, biological safening and stabilization, water recovery, radiation shielding, and planetary protection. This paper explores the utility of the HMC to future space missions and how this translates into HMC system requirements.
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Ames Research Center
Document Type
Conference Paper
Fisher, John W.
(NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, CA United States)
Lee, Jeffrey M.
(NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, CA United States)
Date Acquired
July 12, 2016
Publication Date
July 10, 2016
Subject Category
Man/System Technology And Life Support
Engineering (General)
Report/Patent Number
Meeting Information
Meeting: International Conference on Environmental Systems (ICES 2016)
Location: Vienna
Country: Austria
Start Date: July 10, 2016
End Date: July 14, 2016
Sponsors: International Conference On Environmental Systems, Inc.
Funding Number(s)
WBS: WBS 203950.
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
waste utilization
waste management
life support systems
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