National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Glenn Research Center

Chelsey Erickson

“Life Support Systems/Particulate Matter and Lunar Dust Filtration”


An integral part of the life support systems on board the International Space Station and on future space vehicles is the filtration system.  It is critical to understand the dynamics of the fluid flow throughout the living and working quarters in order to effectively control the particulate concentration so that humans and equipment can work without the risk of harmful effects.  Furthermore, it is beneficial to continue to improve the current filtration systems so that they can become more cost and time efficient.  The focus of this internship is on two coupled projects which work toward improving fluid flow models of aerosolized particulates and on developing and improving regenerable filtration systems for use in future long term space missions.