Water and Waste Management Systems in Space

Authored by: Robert G. Zachariadis , Syed R. Qasim

Encyclopedia of Environmental Science and Engineering

Print publication date:  June  2012
Online publication date:  June  2012

Print ISBN: 9781439804421
eBook ISBN: 9780203757659
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Environmental Control and Life Support System (ECLSS) is the NASA terminology for systems which allow people to exist and work in confined spaces and in uninhabited locations and hostile environments. These systems supply air, water, temperature, and humidity controls to enable personnel to survive and work under hostile conditions. The purpose of this chapter is to review the various devices that have been developed for the recovery and reuse of liquid wastes in spacecraft and space stations, and their possible terrestrial applications.

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