Phase III Integrated Water Recovery Testing at MSFC: Partially Closed Hygiene Loop and Open Potable Loop Results and Lessons Learned

Paper #:
  • 911375

Published:
  • 1991-07-01
Citation:
Bagdigian, R., Traweek, M., Griffith, G., and Griffin, M., "Phase III Integrated Water Recovery Testing at MSFC: Partially Closed Hygiene Loop and Open Potable Loop Results and Lessons Learned," SAE Technical Paper 911375, 1991, https://doi.org/10.4271/911375.
Pages:
18
Abstract:
A series of tests has been conducted at the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) to evaluate the performance of a predevelopment water recovery system. Potable, hygiene, and urine reclamation subsystems were integrated with end-use equipment items and successfully operated in open and partially closed-loop modes, with man-in-the-loop, for a total of 28 days. Several significant subsystem physical anomalies were encountered during testing. Reclaimed potable and hygiene water generally met the current Space Station Freedom (SSF) water quality specifications for inorganic and microbiological constituents, but exceeded the maximum allowable concentrations for Total Organic Carbon (TOC). This paper summarizes the test objectives, system design, test activities/protocols, significant results/anomalies, and major lessons learned.
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