Development Program for a Zero-G Whole Body Shower
In 1985, the Man-Systems Division at the Johnson Space Center initiated a program for the development of a whole body shower suitable for operation in a microgravity environment. Supporting this development effort has been a systematic research program focused on four critical aspects of the design (i.e., human factors engineering, biomedical, mechanical, and electrical) and on the interfaces between the whole body shower system and the other systems to be aboard the Space Station (e.g., the water reclamation and air revitalization systems). A series of tests has been conducted to help define the design requirements for the whole body shower. Crew interface research has identified major design parameters related to enclosure configurations, consumable quantities, operation timelines, displays and controls, and shower and cleanup protocols.