Recyclab, a Laboratory for Regenerative Life Support Development 2007-01-3250
In the second half of the 2004, Thales Alenia Space - Italia started an Advanced Live Support Research & Development program denominated Recyclab, on own funding.
The main objectives of the Recyclab program are:
To determine the actual development needs and possibilities in the international scenario in the Advanced Life Support field
To develop new technologies for the regeneration of the main resources in exploration missions (water, air, waste)
To test the technologies developed in closed loop in an integrated system.
In the past three years the following results have been achieved:
Acquisition of information on the state of art in the field of Advanced Live Support
Set-up of a Recyclab laboratory, to test the single technologies selected at the workbench level (bread boarding)
Set-up of an overall demonstrator structure derived from an ISS Node mock-up, to test the developed technologies in an integrated configuration
Design and acquisition of water, food and air regeneration demonstrators
Preparation of research protocols to carry out the experimentation campaigns.
During the 2007 the Recyclab program will:
Carry out the first experimentation campaign on the water Multi-filtration and Photocatalysis recovery technologies
Carry out the first experimentation campaign on the trace gas removal using sorption technologies (zeolites)
Acquire new reactors dedicated to the air revitalization research and carry out the first experimentation campaign
Design and develop the first overall demonstrator outfitting configuration
Conclusion of laboratory equipment set-up activities with a Gas Chromatograph - Mass Spectrophotometer (GC-MS) for trace gas contaminants research and Total Organic Carbon (TOC) analyzer for water monitoring.