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Investigating the Feasibility of Utilizing Carbon Nanotube Fibers for Spacesuit Dust MitigationHistorical data from the Apollo missions has compelled NASA to identify dust mitigation of spacesuits and other components as a critical path prior to sending humans on potential future lunar exploration missions. Several studies thus far have proposed passive and active countermeasures to address this challenge. However, these technologies have been primarily developed and proven for rigid surfaces such as solar cells and thermal radiators. Integration of these technologies for spacesuit dust mitigation has remained an open challenge due to the complexity of suit design. Current research investigates novel methods to enhance integration of the Electrodynamic Dust Shield (EDS) concept for spacesuits. We leverage previously proven EDS concept developed by NASA for rigid surfaces and apply new techniques to integrate the technology into spacesuits to mitigate dust contamination. The study specifically examines the feasibility of utilizing Carbon Nanotube (CNT) yarns manufactured by Rice University as electrodes in spacesuit material. Proof of concept testing was conducted at NASA Kennedy Space Center using lunar regolith simulant to understand the feasibility of the proposed techniques for spacesuit application. Results from the experiments are detailed in this paper. Potential challenges of applying this technology for spacesuits are also identified.
Document ID
Document Type
Conference Paper
Manyapu, Kavya K.
(North Dakota Univ. Grand Forks, ND, United States)
de Leon, Pablo
(North Dakota Univ. Grand Forks, ND, United States)
Peltz, Leora
(Boeing Co. Chicago, IL, United States)
Tsentalovich, Dmitri
(Rice Univ. Houston, TX, United States)
Gaier, James R.
(NASA Glenn Research Center Cleveland, OH, United States)
Calle, Carlos
(NASA Kennedy Space Center Cocoa Beach, FL, United States)
Mackey, Paul
(NASA Kennedy Space Center Cocoa Beach, FL, United States)
Date Acquired
July 12, 2016
Publication Date
July 10, 2016
Subject Category
Composite Materials
Man/System Technology And Life Support
Report/Patent Number
Meeting Information
International Conference on Environmental Systems (ICES) 2016(Vienna)
Distribution Limits
Public Use Permitted.
Electrodynamic Dust Shield
Dust mitigation

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