On-Orbit Measurements of the ISS Atmosphere by the Vehicle Cabin Atmosphere Monitor
Murray, Darrach, et al. (2011). "On-Orbit Measurements of the ISS Atmosphere by the Vehicle Cabin Atmosphere Monitor." 41st International Conference on Environmental Systems
We report on trace gas and major atmospheric constituents results obtained by the Vehicle Cabin Atmosphere Monitor (VCAM) during operations aboard the International Space Station (ISS). VCAM is an autonomous environmental monitor based on a miniature gas chromatograph/mass spectrometer. It was flown to the ISS on shuttle mission STS-131 and commenced operations on 6/10/10. VCAM provides measurements of ppb-to-ppm levels of volatile trace-gas constituents, and of the atmospheric major constituents (nitrogen, oxygen, argon, and carbon dioxide) in a space vehicle or station. It is designed to operate autonomously and maintenance-free, approximately once per day, with a self-contained gas supply sufficient for a one-year lifetime. VCAM is designed to detect and identify 90% of the target compounds at their 180-day Spacecraft Maximum Allowable Concentration levels.
DOI: doi:10.2514/6.2011-5214 10.2514/6.2011-5214