Management of wastes in space

Environmental management is a major issue for human staffed space missions. The space environment is comparable to that in submarines where humans spend several weeks or months in self-contained vehicles or stations. The resources for the objectives of the mission and human comfort and survival must be either conveyed as cargo or regenerated at the station.

by David Chynoweth

The environmental systems that must be considered include air, water, and solid waste. Human activity and equipment generate pollutants which contaminate the environment and require systems for air revitalization, water treatment, and solid waste stabilization and reduction. Requirements and selection of systems are highly dependent upon the type of mission which may be transit, orbital, and planetary base.

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published: European Compost Network ECN e.V., ORBIT 2003 (May 2003), 5|2003
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