SERFE Thermal Performance Results



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51st International Conference on Environmental Systems


NASA has been developing a new spacesuit, called the Exploration Extravehicular Mobility Unit (xEMU) for over a decade. This spacesuit is underdevelopment to support missions to the International Space Station (ISS) and also to the Moon. Improvements in the life and robustness of the Portable Life Support System (PLSS) has been a major objective of these efforts. The Suit Water Membrance Evaporator (SWME) was chosen as the technology to provide cooling to the xEMU and has undergone several iterations of development over this period. An ISS flight experiment centered around the SWME and other thermal loop technologies was developed and has been under test in an ISS EXpedite PRocessing of Experiments to the Space Station (EXPRESS) rack since November of 2020. In addition to the SWME, The SWME EXPRESS Rack Flight Experiment (SERFE) contains several technology demonstrations from the xEMU project and has been demonstrating their performance in micro-gravity and over an extended duration. In addition to the SWME, these include two dissimilar water pumps, custom check valves, custom bypass relieve valves, a custom thermal control valve, development pressure and temperature sensors, and the Thermal Loop Controller. This paper presents thermal and fluids testing results of the system as a whole and of key components.


David Westheimer, NASA, US
Colin Campbell, NASA, US
Alicia Contreras-Baker, NASA/Jacobs, US
Chane Sladek, NASA/JETS, US
Glen Waguespack, NASA/JETS, US
ICES402: Extravehicular Activity: PLSS Systems
The 51st International Conference on Environmental Systems was held in Saint Paul, Minnesota, US, on 10 July 2022 through 14 July 2022.


PLSS, Thermal Control, SWME, Heat Rejection