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International Space Station USOS Waste and Hygiene Compartment DevelopmentThe International Space Station (ISS) currently provides human waste collection and hygiene facilities in the Russian Segment Service Module (SM) which supports a three person crew. Additional hardware is planned for the United States Operational Segment (USOS) to support expansion of the crew to six person capability. The additional hardware will be integrated in an ISS standard equipment rack structure that was planned to be installed in the Node 3 element; however, the ISS Program Office recently directed implementation of the rack, or Waste and Hygiene Compartment (WHC), into the U.S. Laboratory element to provide early operational capability. In this configuration, preserved urine from the WHC waste collection system can be processed by the Urine Processor Assembly (UPA) in either the U.S. Lab or Node 3 to recover water for crew consumption or oxygen production. The human waste collection hardware is derived from the Service Module system and is provided by RSC-Energia. This paper describes the concepts, design, and integration of the WHC waste collection hardware into the USOS including integration with U.S. Lab and Node 3 systems.
Document ID
Document Type
Conference Paper
Link, Dwight E., Jr. (Boeing Co. Huntsville, AL, United States)
Broyan, James Lee, Jr. (NASA Johnson Space Center Houston, TX, United States)
Gelmis, Karen (NASA Johnson Space Center Houston, TX, United States)
Philistine, Cynthia (Boeing Co. Houston, TX, United States)
Balistreri, Steven (Boeing Co. Houston, TX, United States)
Date Acquired
August 23, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 2007
Subject Category
Man/System Technology and Life Support
Report/Patent Number
Paper Number 07ICES-314
Meeting Information
37th International Space Station USOS Waste and Hygiene Compartment Development(Chicago, IL)
Funding Number(s)
WBS: WBS 401769.
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