Browse Publications Technical Papers 2007-01-3250
2007-07-09

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.

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