Accession Number : AD0283245

Title :   OXYGEN REGENERATION IN SPACE VEHICLES

Corporate Author : LIBRARY OF CONGRESS WASHINGTON DC AEROSPACE TECHNOLOGY DIV

Report Date : 13 JUL 1962

Pagination or Media Count : 1

Abstract : Closed-air regenerating systems can be of the alkali-peroxide-containing type, the type based on electrolysis of water and reduction of CO2, or the type employing green plants for biosynthesis. The use of the last two types seems highly improbable for the flights of both Vostok-1 and -2 and can be dismissed without detailed discussion. Impurities are usually removed from the air on a short flight by chemical means only. On a 10-day trip, there is nothing to be gained in attempting to generate O from waste CO2. The weight of the equipment or plant life would be prohibitive. The disadvantages ruling out the use of the other 2 systems are presented. (Author)

Descriptors :   *OXYGEN, *SATELLITES (ARTIFICIAL), *SPACECRAFT, *SPACECRAFT CABINS, AIR CONDITIONING EQUIPMENT, ALKALI METAL COMPOUNDS, BIOSYNTHESIS, CARBON DIOXIDE, ELECTROLYSIS, HUMIDITY, PEROXIDES, REDUCTION, SPACE CAPSULES, WATER.

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE