NASA Life Support Systems Technology Development and Pathways to Involvement
4/1/2013, 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Free and Open to the Public
Location: Stevenson Science Center (Google map of this location)
Morgan Abney, Space Flight Engineer, NASAs Marshal Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Alabama
Long-duration manned space flight is made possible only by maintaining a habitable environment for the crew. A key challenge to this effort is limiting the resupply of valuable resources such as water and oxygen due to monetary costs and logistical challenges.
The Environmental Control and Life Support (ECLS) groups at NASA are tasked with developing systems capable of meeting these needs. Of particular interest in recent years is oxygen recovery from metabolic carbon dioxide. NASA is currently exploring three primary avenues for carbon dioxide reduction. Each of these is discussed as well as opportunities for involvement by academia and industry.