Prototype Cryogenic Oxygen Storage and Delivery Subsystem for Advanced Spacesuits 2007-01-3276
Future spacesuit systems for the exploration of Mars will need to be much lighter than current designs, while at the same time reducing the consumption of water for crew cooling. One of the technology paths NASA has identified to achieve these objectives is the replacement of current high pressure oxygen storage technology in extravehicular activity (EVA) systems with cryogenic technology that can simultaneously reduce the mass of tankage required for oxygen storage and enable the use of the stored oxygen as a means of cooling the EVA astronaut. During the past year NASA has funded production of a prototype system demonstrating this capability in a design that will allow the cryogenic oxygen to be used in any attitude and gravity environment.
This paper describes the design and manufacture of the prototype system. The potential significance and application of the system is also discussed.