The Trash Compaction Processing System (TCPS) Technology Demonstrations Science Objectives and Requirement Definitions


Throughout the Next STEP Phase A and Phase B, the Trash Compaction Processing System (TCPS) is being developed for a technology demonstration on the International Space Station in 2025. For Phase A, two contractors built the proof-of-concept hardware. One contractor was chosen to build the TD hardware for Phase B. Both Phase A lesson learned and risk reduction activities at Ames Research Center were used to write the TD science objectives, scope, and requirements. The work at ARC aims to retire technical risks and provide design data to TCPS developers and the ISS system integrators. This paper will summarize the lessons learned from the proof-of-concept hardware and the risk reduction activities and how these lessons learned form the TD requirement matrix.


Tra-My Justine Richardson, NASA Ames Research Center, USA
Jeffrey Lee, NASA Ames Research Center, USA
Steve Sepka, NASA Ames Research Center, USA
Kevin Martin, NASA Ames Research Center, USA
Michael Ewert, NASA Johnson Space Center(JSC), USA
Melissa McKinley, NASA Johnson Space Center(JSC), USA
Serena Trieu, Logyx LLC, USA
Gregory Pace, KBR Wyle Labs, USA
Douglas White, KBR Wyle Labs, USA
Janine Young,Stellar Solutions Inc., USA
ICES304: Physio-Chemical Life Support- Waste Management Systems- Technology and Process Development
The 52nd International Conference on Environmental Systems was held in Calgary, Canada, on 16 July 2023 through 20 July 2023.


Trash Compactor Processing System, Heat Melt Compactor, NextSTEP