JAXA to develop new life support system for space station

posted on November 8, 2015

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency is considering providing a new life support system for astronauts to continue participating in the International Space Station program through 2024, people close to the matter said Saturday.

The development of the so-called Environmental Control and Life Support System would be part of Japan's contribution to ensure it can keep sending astronauts to the orbiting research laboratory, whose operation is set to be extended from 2020, they said.

An official announcement of the plan could be made around the turn of the year when the government's draft budget for the next fiscal year will be compiled, they said.

The new system, containing water and air purifiers, will be one-quarter the size of the currently used system.

Compared to the current system based on U.S. and Russian technologies, the Japanese agency aims to cut power consumption by half and reduce maintenance work with the new system, the sources said.

source by japantoday
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