This system uses a catalyst that reacts with carbon dioxide and hydrogen - both byproducts of current life-support systems onboard the space station - to produce water and methane. The system contains a furnace, a multistage compressor, and a condenser/phase-separation system.
Currently in operation on the station, Sabatier is the final piece of the regenerative environmental control and life-support system. This hardware was successfully activated in October 2010 and interacts directly with the Oxygen Generation System, which provides hydrogen, sharing a vent line.
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This system was built by NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center and UTC Aerospace Systems.
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- Dunbar, Brian. "The Sabatier System: Producing Water on the Space Station."NASA. NASA, 12 May 2011. Web. 27 Sept. 2016. <https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/research/news/sabatier.html>.