Business

How Life Support Systems Work on the International Space Station

Written by the MasterClass staff

Last updated: Sep 29, 2021 • 5 min read

In space flight and exploration, a life support system is the primary and backup components of a spacecraft that address the core needs of human life. These needs include air, water, and oxygen supply, as well as waste disposal, and air temperature and pressure regulation.

Aboard the International Space Station, the ISS Environmental Control and Life Support System support human life utilizing an array of state-of-the-art systems.