KNOWLEDGE OF REGENERATIVE
LIFE SUPPORT SYSTEMS FOR
LONG TERM SPACE MISSIONS

CREATING A CIRCULAR FUTURE

THE EUROPEAN PROJECT
OF CIRCULAR LIFE SUPPORT SYSTEM

For more than 30 years, The European Space Agency (i.e. ESA) is active in the field of regenerative life support system. MELiSSA (Micro-Ecological Life Support System Alternative) is the European project of circular life support system. It was established to gain knowledge on regenerative system, aiming to the highest degree of autonomy and consequently to produce food, water and oxygen from mission wastes. The MELiSSA project has been initiated in 1987 after a preliminary flight on board Chinese rocket Longue Marche. In October 1988, the concept was elaborated and published. The contractual activities started in 1989.

 

MELiSSA Foundation is a non-profit organisation created by the MELiSSA partners to finance and harmonise MELiSSA PhDs and PostDocs.

The MELiSSA Foundation is hosting as well all communications and education issues of the MELiSSA Project.

 

 

 

Research & development

Preliminary Flight experiments

GROUND DEMONSTRATION

TERRESTRIAL APPLICATIONS

EDUCATION & COMMUNICATION

MELiSSA Events

Actualities

MELiSSA PARTNERS

Around 50 organisations (e.g. universities, research centers, space industries, terrestrial companies) are involved in the project. 14 partners have signed a Memorandum of Understanding. MELiSSA is internationally recognized as the most advanced effort to develop closed loop life support systems. Today, the MELiSSA partners are from Belgium, Spain, France, Switzerland, Italy, The Netherlands and Canada.

CONCLUSIONS OF THE ESA WORKING GROUP ON LIFE SUPPORT SYSTEMS 

On April 30th, ESA member states issued the conclusions of the ESA Working Group on Life Support Systems.

Among the recommendations, the WG took note of the very robust approach of MELiSSA project on Fundamental research, Flights demonstrators (e.g ARTEMISS, URINIS, Photobioreactor, ...), Pilot Plant, Commercial activities and Education. The report includes as well the MELiSSA approved roadmaps and proposed MELiSSA activities and fundings for the coming 3 years.

Regenerative Life Support Systems for Long Term Space Missions