Mars In-situ Carrier Gas Generator

Paper #:
  • 972497

Published:
  • 1997-07-01
Citation:
Finn, J. and Sridhar, K., "Mars In-situ Carrier Gas Generator," SAE Technical Paper 972497, 1997, https://doi.org/10.4271/972497.
Pages:
7
Abstract:
This paper describes a simple concept for extracting a nitrogen-argon carrier gas mixture from the Martian atmosphere in-situ and compressing the gas to a pressure suitable for use in analytical experiments during exploration missions. Both the separation and compression processes are performed via adsorption. In addition to being a low-mass, low-volume, and virtually solid state unit, the process consumes little or no electrical power. Energy to perform work is taken from the environment using the daily temperature cycle. Such a device would also be a proof-of-concept technology for buffer gas generation for life support application on future human missions to Mars.
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