Lunar Portable Life Support System Heat Rejection Study
Performing extravehicular activity at various locations on the lunar surface presents thermal challenges that exceed those that have been experienced in space flight to date. The lunar Portable Life Support System (PLSS) cooling unit must maintain thermal conditions within the spacesuit (SS) and reject heat loads that are generated by both the crew member and the PLSS equipment. The amount of cooling that will be required varies based on lunar location and terrain due to the heat that is transferred between the suit and its surroundings, A study, which assumes three different thermal technology categories, has been completed that studied the resources that are required to provide cooling under various lunar conditions as follows: 1. SS water membrane evaporator 2. Sub-cooled phase change material (SPCM) 3.