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Development of a Plastic Melt Waste Compactor for Space Missions Experiments and Prototype DesignThis paper describes development at NASA Ames Research Center of a heat melt compactor that can be used on both near term and far term missions. Experiments have been performed to characterize the behavior of composite wastes that are representative of the types of wastes produced on current and previous space missions such as International Space Station, Space Shuttle, MIR and Skylab. Experiments were conducted to characterize the volume reduction, bonding, encapsulation and biological stability of the waste composite and also to investigate other key design issues such as plastic extrusion, noxious off-gassing and removal of the of the plastic waste product from the processor. The experiments provided the data needed to design a prototype plastic melt waste processor, a description of which is included in the paper.
Document ID
Document Type
Conference Paper
Pace, Gregory
(Lockheed Martin Technical Operations, Inc. Greenbelt, MD, United States)
Wignarajah, Kanapathipillai
Pisharody, Suresh
(Lockheed Martin Technical Operations, Inc. Greenbelt, MD, United States)
Fisher, John
(NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, CA, United States)
Date Acquired
August 21, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 2004
Subject Category
Spacecraft Instrumentation And Astrionics
Meeting Information
34rd International Conference on Environmental Systems Meeting(Colorado Springs, Co)
Funding Number(s)
OTHER: 131-20-10
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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