A Proposal on the Alleviation of Textile Mass in the Long Term Interplanetary Travel and Cosmos Habitation Through On Board Unsalable Resource Utilization



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This thesis expresses the use of textile electrospinning as a means to alleviate economic concerns for long term space missions such as the upcoming missions to Mars. The proposal consists of evaluations of the plants most likely to be considered in a Martian greenhouse module. The possibility of using the inedible parts of the plants as the basis for a solution for textile electrospinning. This will ease the burdens of stowage and mass for textiles as well as trash or waste products that must be brought back from Mars. This is imperative as the Planetary Protection Agency requires no biological contamination of Mars, thus eliminating the ability to leave biologically contaminates be left behind on Mars. As well, it notes the hygienic issues concerning textiles and usage to the point of being considered soiled. This thesis contains the amounts associated with textiles needed for a twenty-six-month long journey to Mars and back to Earth if it were four astronauts. Also, the differences in common FDM (fused deposition modeling) and electrospinning, and the ability to create a textile electrospinner. Ending with what is needed to further peruse this study of how to economically ease stowage and mass costs for long-duration missions.