‘Bigelow Aerospace® Life Support Laboratory - Planning and Status’ 2004-01-2474
This Life Support Laboratory consists of a simulator of the spacecraft called Nautilus, which houses Air Revitalization Subsystem, Atmospheric Control and Supply, and Fire Detection and Suppression in the Equipment Area. There are supporting facilities including a Human Metabolic Simulator, simulated Low and Moderate Temperature Coolant Loop, chemical analysis bench, purified water supply, vacuum and gas supplies. These facilities are scheduled to be completed and start to operate for demonstration purposes by March 2005.
There are an ARES Ground Model (AGM) and a Trace Contaminant Control Assembly in the ARS. The latter will be integrated with the AGM and a Condensing Heat Exchanger. The unit of AGM is being engineered, built, and will be delivered in early 2005 by EADS Space Division. These assemblies will be operated for sensitivity analysis, integration and optimization studies. The main goal is the achievement for optimal recovery of oxygen.
Five assemblies in Water & Wastewater Management Subsystem have also been procured and received: Condensate and Potable Water Assembly, Hygiene Water Processor, Silver Ionization Assembly, Potable Water Conditioner, and Urine Processing Assembly. These assemblies will also be operated for sensitivity analysis, integration and optimization studies. The ultimate goal is the accomplishment of optimal recovery of water.