Thesis Proposal Presentation by Marty McNutt on Nov. 19th
Space Studies master’s student, Marty McNutt, will give his thesis proposal presentation as follows. Please mark your calendars and show your support by attending.
When: Monday, November 19th at 2:30 pm
Where: Ryan Hall, Room 111
Title: "Bio-regenerative Life Support: H2O Cycle Stability and Control"
Topic: As the goals of human spaceflight expand farther from low-Earth orbit, so does the need for a stable and sustainable life support system for long-duration use. Long-duration and long-distance spaceflight presents a unique problem in that the resupply of life support commodities from Earth becomes increasingly expensive and impractical as the system travels farther from Earth. One possible solution to this problem is the introduction of a fundamentally biological, self-regenerating life support system based on complete material recirculation. This concept is not a new one, but to date, no experiments have achieved the level of stability required to support an autonomous long-term space mission. In fact, no adequate theoretical analysis of system stability mechanisms has been done, either. This proposal will specifically consider the stability of the water cycle within a closed ecological system containing plants and human inhabitants.