Orbital Syngas Commodity Augmentation Reactor (OSCAR)

PI: Anne Meier, NASA/Kennedy Space Center

OSCAR is an Early Career Initiative (ECI) project at the Kennedy Space Center that studies technology to convert trash and human waste into useful gasses such as methane, hydrogen and carbon dioxide. By processing small pieces of trash in a high-temperature reactor, OSCAR is advancing new and innovative technology for managing waste in space. The technology would reduce the amount of space needed for waste storage within a spacecraft, turn some waste into gasses that have energy storage and life support applications and ensure waste is no longer biologically active.

More information: NASA Technology Designed to Turn Space Trash into Treasure.

Technology Areas (?)
  • TA06 Human Health, Life Support and Habitation Systems
Problem Statement

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Technology Maturation

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Future Customers

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Technology Details

  • Selection Date
    NASA Directed
  • Program Status
  • Current TRL (?)
    Successful FOP Flights
  • 1 sRLV

Development Team

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