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Technology of Waste Disposal in Long-Term Manned Spacecraft

  • Lantao Zhang
  • Chuanfeng Wei
  • Wencheng Luo
  • Fanlu Bai
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Electrical Engineering book series (LNEE, volume 318)

Abstract

During the manned spaceflight, large amount of waste will be produced due to the daily activities of astronauts. The waste is usually collected and then brought back to the ground in the short-term spaceflight. In the future missions of long-term manned spacecraft, the astronauts will spend much longer time in the spacecraft, in which much more waste will generate. If the waste is not properly handled, the quality of astronauts’ life and space missions will be seriously affected. Therefore, the waste disposal technology is a new challenge for the space station in the future. In this paper, the waste disposal technology in the long-term manned spacecraft is analyzed in detail. According to the source of the wastes, in the end, some suggestions are proposed on waste disposal techniques for the Chinese space station.

Keywords

Long-term manned spacecraft Waste disposal 

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Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2015

Authors and Affiliations

  • Lantao Zhang
    • 1
  • Chuanfeng Wei
    • 1
  • Wencheng Luo
    • 1
  • Fanlu Bai
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Manned Space System Engineering, CASTBeijingChina

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