Preliminary Design of a Bio-Regenerative ECLSS Technological Demo Plant for Air and Water Management 2008-01-2013
Future human exploration roadmaps involve the development of temporary or permanent outposts on Moon and Mars. The capability of providing astronauts with proper conditions for living and working in extraterrestrial environments is therefore a key issue for the sustainability of those roadmaps, and closed-loop Environment Control and Life Support Systems (ECLSSs) and bio-regenerative plants represent the necessary evolution of current technologies for complying with the challenging requirements imposed.
This paper presents the architectural design of a terrestrial plant to be exploited to test and validate air and water management technologies for a biological life support system in a closed environment. The plant includes a crew area and a plant growth area. These two spaces can be considered as either a unique volume or two separated environments with reduced contact, e.g. for plant harvesting or other up-keeping activities.
Citation: Lavagna, M., Pieratti, R., Grasso, M., Grizzaffi, L. et al., "Preliminary Design of a Bio-Regenerative ECLSS Technological Demo Plant for Air and Water Management," SAE Technical Paper 2008-01-2013, 2008, https://doi.org/10.4271/2008-01-2013. Download Citation
Michèle Lavagna, Roberto Pieratti, Marco Grasso, Lucia Grizzaffi, Antonio Saverino
Politecnico di Milano, Thales Alenia Space Italia Spa
International Conference On Environmental Systems