Integrating Orion and Initial Lunar Gateway Environmental Control and Life Support Systems



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2020 International Conference on Environmental Systems


The Gateway is a next generation platform that will enable a sustained human, robotic, and commercial exploration of deep space. Leveraging Orion’s capabilities, including the Environmental Control and Life Support System (ECLSS), to augment Gateway operations in an integrated, evolutionary approach will reduce Gateway complexity and provide a low-mass, reliable solution for a human-rated system. This paper explores the capabilities of the Orion ECLSS to support the initial Gateway buildup and an approach to integrate the systems for human-rated redundancy as the Gateway evolves to independence.


Joel Kirkland, Lockheed Martin Space, USA
Heather Mera, Lockheed Martin Space, USA
Timothy Cichan, Lockheed Martin Space, USA
Ryan Wall, Lockheed Martin Space, USA
ICES506: Human Exploration Beyond Low Earth Orbit: Missions and Technologies
The proceedings for the 2020 International Conference on Environmental Systems were published from July 31, 2020. The technical papers were not presented in person due to the inability to hold the event as scheduled in Lisbon, Portugal because of the COVID-19 global pandemic.


NextSTEP, ECLSS, Orion, Life Support, Environmental Control, Gateway, Exploration