AE285 Undergraduate Seminar | Wastes in Space: Closed-Loop Life Support
WHEN: November 17, 2017 1:30 pm-3:00 pm
Sarah Shull’s 16-year career at NASA Johnson Space Center has spanned 9 years in Mission Control, 6 years in the Engineering Directorate and 1 year in the Exploration Mission Planning Office. This talk with touch a bit on all three areas, with a technical emphasis on her work developing reliable, energy-efficient, and low-mass spacecraft systems to provide environmental control and life support systems (ECLSS) critical to enabling long duration human missions beyond low Earth orbit (LEO).
NASA’s work on life support systems (LSS) focuses on four areas: architecture and systems engineering for life support systems, environmental monitoring, air revitalization, and wastewater processing and water management. Starting with the international space station (ISS) LSS systems as a point of departure (where applicable), the goal is to address discrete LSS technology gaps, improve the reliability of LSS systems and advance exploration systems towards integrated testing on the ISS. This talk will elaborate on the work done to-date on the goals above as well as an overview of NASA’s current plans for exploration beyond LEO.
About the speaker...
Sarah Shull works in the Exploration Mission Planning Office at NASA's Johnson Space Center where she is the Technical Monitor on the Sierra Nevada Corporation NextSTEP Habitation contract and the Systems Engineering Lead for the Exploration Systems Division End-to-end Mission Performance Team. Prior to these roles, Sarah spent six years in the Crew and Thermal Systems Division where she was the Deputy Project Manager for the Advanced Exploration Systems (AES) Life Support Systems Project and the group lead for the Environmental Control and Life Support Systems (ECLSS) Technology Development Team. Prior to that, Sarah worked for 10 years in JSC's Mission Operations Directorate supporting Space Shuttle and ISS missions. Sarah holds a bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She is an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.