The application of waste management systems for long duration spaceflight
Abbreviated Journal Title
aerospace; sustainability; spaceflight; waste management; resource; management; LIFE-SUPPORT-SYSTEM; BIOLOGICAL COMPONENT; SPACE EXPLORATION; MARS BASE; CREW; Public, Environmental & Occupational Health
In the future planned interplanetary expedition mission to Mars, spaceflight crewmembers will be exposed to an environment that is completely unique from anything they are accustomed to on Earth. Due to the characteristics of these missions, a challenge will be to design an environment that allows crewmembers to easily work and live in for extended durations. One of the challenges associated with these future missions is supplying the crew with essential resources for survivability such as food and water. In this case, the waste management system can play a role in a closed-loop life support system, as provisions sent with the crew will be severely limited with no opportunity for resupply. The following looks at the rationale of designing a system for collecting, storing, and recycling human bodily waste that (1) is considered user-friendly by crewmembers in regard to habitability in spaceflight, and (2) provides applications for a self sustaining closed-loop life support system that will aid the crew during the mission. Future design processes should consider adhering to these guidelines to help in the spaceflight crew's living environment and the conduction of the interplanetary expedition.
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"The application of waste management systems for long duration spaceflight" (2012). Faculty Bibliography 2010s. 3091.