Life Support Systems of the International Space Station

  • Davide SivolellaEmail author
Living reference work entry


The International Space Station is a collection of different pressurized modules and structural components provided by all the world major space agencies. The station is split in a Russian and a US segment, and each provides its own environmental control system aimed at creating and maintaining a safe comfortable living environment for the astronauts. The station relies on a stream of supplies sent from Earth to replenish consumables such as oxygen and water. However, within the US segment, a regenerative environmental control system has been installed, thanks to which wastewater and carbon dioxide are reclaimed to produce potable water and oxygen. This has resulted in a 65% of savings in resupplies reducing the overall cost of maintenance of the outpost.


Cabin air Carbon dioxide Electrolysis Elektron Filter Fire Heat exchanger Humidity Hydrogen Nitrogen Node Oxygen Pressure Pressure control PPO2 Rack Regenerative Revitalization Sabatier Temperature Trace contaminant Urine processor Vacuum Ventilation Water 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.UK Civil Aviation IndustryHemel HempsteadUK

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