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Development and Testing of a Sorbent-Based Atmosphere Revitalization System 2008/2009
ISSN: 1946-3855, e-ISSN: 1946-3901
Published July 12, 2009 by SAE International in United States
Citation: Miller, L. and Knox, J., "Development and Testing of a Sorbent-Based Atmosphere Revitalization System 2008/2009," SAE Int. J. Aerosp. 4(1):324-334, 2011, https://doi.org/10.4271/2009-01-2445.
The design and evaluation of a Vacuum-Swing Adsorption (VSA) system to remove metabolic water and metabolic carbon dioxide from a spacecraft atmosphere is presented. The approach for Orion and Altair is a VSA system that removes not only 100 percent of the metabolic CO2 from the atmosphere, but also 100% of the metabolic water as well, a technology approach that has not been used in previous spacecraft life support systems. The design and development of an Orion Crew Exploration Vehicle Sorbent Based Atmosphere Revitalization system, including test articles, a facility test stand, and full-scale testing in late 2008 and early 2009 is discussed.