Development of Carbon Dioxide Removal Systems for NASA’s Deep Space Human Exploration Missions 2016-2017



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47th International Conference on Environmental Systems


NASA has embarked on an endeavor that will enable humans to explore deep space, with the ultimate goal of sending humans to Mars. This journey will require significant developments in a wide range of technical areas as resupply is unavailable in the Mars transit phase, and early return is not possible. Additionally, mass, power, and volume must be minimized for all phases to reduce propulsion needs. Among the critical areas identified for development are life support systems, which will require increases in reliability and reduced resource requirements. This paper discusses current and planned developments in the area of carbon dioxide removal to support crewed Mars-class missions.


James Knox, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, USA
ICES302: Physio-chemical Life Support- Air Revitalization Systems -Technology and Process Development
The 47th International Conference on Environmental Systems was held in South Carolina, USA on 16 July 2017 through 20 July 2017.


Habitable Exploration Missions, life support system design, CO2 removal systems