Enhancing Future Commercial Space Stations: Applying ISS Insights to Environmental Control and Life Support Systems (ECLSS) Development



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2024 International Conference on Environmnetal Systems


The expansion of space exploration to commercial space stations represents a shift from government-led endeavors to a new competitive era driven by private companies and innovative forces. The journey to actualize these celestial outposts is fraught with difficulties, including the intricate establishment of Environmental Control and Life Support systems (ECLSS) within these commercial space stations. By applying the insights gleaned from the ISS, particularly during the initial conceptual design phase of the commercial developments, there is an opportunity to circumvent some of the teething issues and optimize the development process. Furthermore, applying insights from the ISS ECLSS design, development, test, and maintenance phases has the potential to enhance system compatibility and mitigate the challenges associated with upgrading a fixed design. This approach can lead to lower costs due to fewer iterations and streamlined processes. This paper will conduct an in-depth evaluation of the ECLS system from both system and operational perspectives with the aim to provide a knowledge capture for early-stage design considerations to bolster the development of sustainable, efficient, and habitable commercial space stations.


Leon Chen, The Aerospace Corporation, USA
Joseph A. Rivas, Jacobs Technology, Inc, USA
Cynthia L. Reuland, Aerodyne Industries, USA
Stephanie V. Walker,SpaceWalkers-42 LLC, USA
Alicia G. Rangel, NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC), USA
Davide E. Williams, NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC), USA
ICES305: Environmental Control of Commercial and Exploration Spacecraft
The 53rd International Conference on Environmental Systems was held in Louisville, Kentucky, USA, on 21 July 2024 through 25 July 2024.


ECLSS, CLDP/CDFF, Commercial Space Station Development