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ASCI 513 : Space Habitation and Life Support Systems

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College of Aeronautics (WAERO)
Space Habitation and Life Support Systems
This course addresses the problems related to space-flight induced changes in the major body systems that need to be solved in this decade, to develop countermeasures for maintaining the health of crewmembers on long duration space operations. Physiological elements of zero gravity environment, radiation hazards, and protection measures are explored, along with physical and chemical closed-loop life support systems for long duration space missions. More elaborate life support systems for larger manned missions and colonies are outlined for further student development.

The primary emphasis in the course is on development of closed-loop life support systems for manned space flight operations. The physiological problems associated with microgravity are reviewed to help the student determine self-limiting, transitional and progressive adjustments in body systems. The effects of low and high radiation dose hazards introduce the student to the needs and fundamentals of spacecraft shielding.

Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:

1. Evaluate the history of environmental control life support systems (ECLSS) for the Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, Skylab, Space Shuttle, Spacelab, and Space Station missions and the Russian programs.

2. Examine the adaptation to microgravity of the cardiovascular and cardiopulmonary system, renal, endocrine, immune, musculoskeletal, and neurovestibular systems.

3. Analyze the Control Ecological Life Support Systems (CELSS) in space operations and research concepts associated with the development and operation of regenerative life support systems, including the growth of space plants, food, waste processing, and contamination in microgravity.

4. Differentiate space radiation hazards, habitat shielding designs for low-Earth and high- Earth orbits, and exposure concerns for deep-space manned operations.

5. Appraise the lessons learned from the "sick building syndrome" in order to evaluate partially-closed and closed loop life support systems.

6. Determine the degree of closure in air, water, and food systems with regard to space life support systems.

7. Debate the physical and chemical closed-loop life support research.

8. Examine the environmental control and life support subsystems used in the Apollo, Skylab, Salyut, and Mir spacecraft and compare to those used in Space Station.

9. Analyze ECLSS subsystems and their functional operations for use in a specified manned, extended-duration spacecraft.

Upon course completion, students will be able to:

10. Demonstrate appropriate selection and application of a research method and statistical analysis (where required), specific to the course subject matter (effective July 1, 2013).

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Written assignments must be formatted in accordance with the current edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA) unless otherwise instructed in individual assignments.

ActivityPercent of Grade
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Undergraduate Grade Scale

90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
60 - 69% D
0 - 60% F

Graduate Grade Scale

90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
0 - 69% F
Dr. Jonathan W. Campbell - 3/1/2015
Dr. Kent Anderson - 3/1/2015
Dr. Ian McAndrew - 3/1/2015
Dr. Kenneth Witcher - 3/1/2015
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