Recent American Life Support Systems: Skylab, Spacelab, and the Shuttle

  • Davide SivolellaEmail author
Living reference work entry


Skylab, Space Shuttle, and Spacelab are each a successful program of the NASA post-moon landing era of the late 1960s and early 1970s. Though different in size and mission objectives, their life support systems shared similar features such as active and passive thermal control systems, atmosphere revitalization systems, waste management, water supply, and breathable air pressure and composition control.


Composition Conditioning Contaminants CO2 Cooling Filter Heat exchanger Humidity Nitrogen Oxygen partial pressure PPO2 Revitalization Thermal control Toilet Total pressure Waste tank Wastewater tank 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.UK Civil Aviation IndustryLondonUK
  2. 2.Hemel HempsteadUK

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