The Extended Duration Orbiter Waste Collection System 901291

A new waste collection system (WCS) is undergoing development for use in the extended duration orbiter (EDO). Requirements for missions up to 18 days and the capability for missions up to 30 days necessitate the development of a new WCS that will have the appropriate capacity. The new system incorporates design features from both Skylab and Space Shuttle Orbiter WCSs. For urine collection, airflow is used to entrain the fluid and transport it to the phase separator where it is separated from the airflow and pumped to the waste water tank. For fecal collection, airflow is used to transport the waste into a collection bag. After use, a plastic lid is installed on the bag, and the bag and contents are compacted. The system for EDO utilizes redundant fans and urine separators. Plans call for the new WCS to be implemented for OV-105 (Endeavor) as well as for EDO. This paper describes the design and development status of the new WCS.


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