International Space Station (ISS) Environmental Control and Life Support (ECLS) System Overview of Events 2016-2017
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Nov 2, 2016 marks the completion of the 16th year of continuous human presence in space on board the International Space Station (ISS). After 48 expedition crews, over 115 assembly & utilization flights, over 180 combined Shuttle/Station, US & Russian EVAs, the post-Assembly Complete ISS continues to fly and the engineering teams continue to learn from operating its systems, particularly the life support equipment. Major events and challenges for each U.S. ECLS subsystem occurring during the last year are summarily discussed in this paper, along with look ahead for the future of each U.S. ECLS subsystem.