NASA Environmental Control and Life Support Technology Development for Exploration: 2021 to 2022 Overview



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51st International Conference on Environmental Systems


Over the past year, significant progress has occurred in technology development, ground testing, and ISS technology demonstrations within the NASA Environmental Control and Life Support (ECLSS) community. This paper provides a technology development update in the following capability areas: life support, environmental monitoring, fire safety, and logistics. Technologies for exploration missions must be reliable in their operation which support crewed mission phases. However, they also need to be put into reduced use or dormant states to support uncrewed mission phases and then successfully and reliably returned to a nominal state to support crew. Multi-year demonstration of systems operation across this range of conditions are essential to mission success. Project overviews will include how the current activity supports the goal of multi-year demonstrations, planned follow-on activities, and what type of exploration mission elements are targeted for infusion. Technologies must be demonstrated and validated early enough to inform early exploration element milestone reviews (mission concept reviews, systems requirement reviews and no later than preliminary design reviews) so that supporting vehicle systems can also be matured.


James Broyan, NASA-HQ, US
Melissa McKinley, NASA-JSC, US
Imelda Stambaugh, NASA-JSC, US
Gary Ruff, NASA-GRC, US
Andrew Owens, NASA-LaRC, US
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The 51st International Conference on Environmental Systems was held in Saint Paul, Minnesota, US, on 10 July 2022 through 14 July 2022.


Life Support, Environmental Control, Technology Development, Environmental Monitoring, Fire Safety, Logistics, Waste