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Heat Melt Compactor Development ProgressThe status of the Heat Melt Compactor (HMC) development project is reported. HMC Generation 2 (Gen 2) has been assembled and initial testing has begun. A baseline mission use case for trash volume reduction, water recovery, trash sterilization, and the venting of effluent gases and water vapor to space has been conceptualized. A test campaign to reduce technical risks is underway. This risk reduction testing examines the many varied operating scenarios and conditions needed for processing trash during a space mission. The test results along with performance characterization of HMC Gen 2 will be used to prescribe requirements and specifications for a future ISS flight Technology Demonstration. We report on the current status, technical risks, and test results in the context of an ISS vent-to-space Technology Demonstration.
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Ames Research Center
Document Type
Conference Paper
Lee, Jeffrey M.
(NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, CA, United States)
Fisher, John W.
(NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, CA, United States)
Pace, Gregory
(Wyle Labs., Inc. Moffett Field, CA, United States)
Date Acquired
November 30, 2017
Publication Date
July 16, 2017
Subject Category
Man/System Technology And Life Support
Report/Patent Number
Meeting Information
Meeting: International Conference on Environmental Systems
Location: Charleston, SC
Country: United States
Start Date: July 16, 2017
End Date: July 20, 2017
Sponsors: International Conference On Environmental Systems, Inc.
Distribution Limits
Public Use Permitted.
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