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CELSS Transportation AnalysisRegenerative life support systems based on the use of biological material was considered for inclusion in manned spacecraft. Biological life support systems are developed in the controlled ecological life support system (CELSS) program. Because of the progress achieved in the CELSS program, it is determined which space missions may profit from use of the developing technology. Potential transportation cost savings by using CELSS technology for selected future manned space missions was evaluated. Six representative missions were selected which ranged from a low Earth orbit mission to those associated with asteroids and a Mars sortie. The crew sizes considered varied from four persons to five thousand. Other study parameters included mission duration and life support closure percentages, with the latter ranging from complete resupply of consumable life support materials to 97% closure of the life support system. The analytical study approach and the missions and systems considered, together with the benefits derived from CELSS when applicable are described.
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Legacy CDMS
Document Type
Conference Paper
Olson, R. L.
(Boeing Aerospace Co. Seattle, WA, United States)
Gustan, E. A.
(Boeing Aerospace Co. Seattle, WA, United States)
Vinopal, T. J.
(Boeing Aerospace Co. Seattle, WA, United States)
Date Acquired
August 12, 2013
Publication Date
June 1, 1985
Publication Information
Publication: NASA. Ames Research Center Controlled Ecol. Life Support System
Subject Category
Man/System Technology And Life Support
Accession Number
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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