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Water Walls Architecture: Massively Redundant And Highly Reliable Life Support For Long Duration Exploration Missions The Water Wall concept proposes a system for structural elements that provide,thermal, radiation, water, solids and air treatment functions which are placed at the periphery of inflatable or rigid habitats. It also provides novel and potentially game changing mass reduction and reuse options for radiation protection. The approach would allow water recycling, air treatment, thermal control, and solids residuals treatment and recycling to be removed from the usable habitat volume, and placed in the walls by way of a radiation shielding water wall. It would also provide a mechanism to recover and reuse water treatment (solids) residuals to strengthen the habitat shell and a method of deriving radiation shielding from wastes generated on orbit. Water wall treatment elements would be a much-enlarged version of the commercially available hydration bags. Some water bags may have pervaporation membranes facing outward, which would provide the ability to remove H20, C02 and trace organics from the atmosphere and some would have hydrophobic internal membranes which would provide water, and waste recycling and some power generation.
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Flynn, Michael T.
(NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, CA, United States)
Cohen, Marc
(Arch D Astrotecuture)
Matossian, Renee L.
(Space Arch., Astrotecture)
Gormly, Sherwin
(Desert Toad LLC)
Mancinelli, Rocco
(Bay Area Environmental Research Inst. San Francisco, CA, United States)
Miller, Jack
(Wyle Labs., Inc. Moffett Field, CA, United States)
Parodi, Jurek
(Universities Space Research Association (USRA) Moffett Field, CA, United States)
Grossi, Elyssee
(Universities Space Research Association (USRA) Moffett Field, CA, United States)
Date Acquired
March 4, 2019
Publication Date
November 12, 2018
Subject Category
Man/System Technology And Life Support
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Water Recycling
Water Treatment
Life Support
Water Wall
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