Browse Publications Technical Papers 2002-01-2522
2002-07-15

Revised Solid Waste Model for Mars Reference Missions 2002-01-2522

A key component of an Advanced Life Support (ALS) system is the solid waste handling system. One of the most important data sets for determining what solid waste handling technologies are needed is a solid waste model. A preliminary solid waste model based on a six-person crew was developed prior to the 2000 Solid Waste Processing and Resource Recovery (SWPRR) workshop. After the workshop, comments from the ALS community helped refine the model. Refinements included better estimates of both inedible plant biomass and packaging materials. Estimates for Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) waste, water processor brine solution, as well as the water contents for various solid wastes were included in the model refinement efforts. The wastes were re-categorized and the dry wastes were separated from wet wastes. This paper details the revised model as of the end of 2001. The packaging materials, as well as the biomass wastes, vary significantly between different proposed Mars missions. Waste generation rates depend highly on the types of ALS technologies used. Human solid wastes may also change between missions due to diet differences and levels of food closure. This model clearly demonstrates that the total waste generation rate is mission dependent.

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