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Welcome to the Advanced Life Support Website!

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When humans embark on long duration missions such as the establishment of permanent bases on the Lunar surface or travel to Mars for exploration, they will continue to need food, water and oxygen.

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For these long duration missions it is not economical or practical to resupply basic life support elements from Earth. ESA is developing systems to recycle waste into the essential supplies of food, water and oxygen whilst removing undesirable components from the air.

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A life support system that would perform these regenerative functions is the goal of the MELISSA Project. Such a system would be a tightly controlled closed ecosystem in which the processing of waste materials would contribute to the missions life support requirements.

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ESA's expertise in producing efficient, compact, low mass and low maintenance systems is being exploited to ensure that the MELISSA project is ideal for use in the limited space craft environment.

Your suggestions and feedback are very important: This website is under development - Some links are not yet active. Please email pierre@thermal.esa.int or call Ext. 58703 if you have any questions or suggestions.


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