International Space Station (ISS) Environmental Control and Life Support (ECLS) System Overview of Events 2018-2019
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Nov 20th, 2018 marks the 20th anniversary of the beginning of construction of the International Space Station. Major events include NASA direction to study system dormancy as it would relate to a short term de-crewing of the vehicle. The ECLS system is constantly changing to meet the needs of current missions and future exploration. This paper will review the future of each U.S. ECLS subsystem, including modifications to overall utilization, and how new exploration technologies are impacting life on the ISS. The impacts of such events, and the challenges seen for each U.S. ECLS subsystem occurring during the last year are summarily discussed in this paper.