Saturday, January 30, 2010

ESMD Highlight

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Electronic Nose (ENose)

Challenge: Provide rapid, automated air-quality monitoring to prevent astronaut exposure to dangerous substances.

Research Objective: Demonstrate six months of experimental operation of the Electronic Nose (ENose) on the International Space Station (ISS).

Mission Description: The third generation ENose, developed by the Exploration Technology Development Program, is designed as a monitor to provide rapid, early identification and quantification of changes in the atmosphere caused by 10 dangerous chemicals, within 40 minutes of detection; it can also detect electrical fires. With minimal crew interfacing, the autonomous ENose will monitor the quality of the recycled air in the ISS by continuously sampling air and documenting events where chemical substances have potentially been released.

Mission Duration: ENose was launched on the Space Shuttle Endeavour, STS-126 on Nov. 14, 2008. It returned to Earth aboard on the Space Shuttle Discovery STS-128 on Sept. 11, 2009.

› Learn more: ENose Web site


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