Atmosphere Processors are installed on planets with unbreathable or toxic atmospheres to convert the environment to a habitable one. Atmosphere Processors ventilate and then superheat unbreathable gasses from the atmosphere, ionising them and splitting them into their component atoms. The Processor would then release the gasses into the atmosphere as processed hydrogen, nitrogen and oxygen. A constant crew is required to maintain an Atmospheric Processor and often entire colonies would be established for this purpose, such as Hadley's Hope on Acheron LV-426.
The first planet to develop a breathable atmosphere through Atmosphere Processor technology was GJ-667cc in 2039.
This proprietary system creates a localized environment in the lowest atmospheric strata by mining the surrounding air and delivering electrostatic charge to correct the chemical composition of the planetary atmosphere. The system does this by converting toxic compounds into a breathable air ratio of approximately 1:3.1 oxygen-to-nitrogen ratio, depending on a colony’s oxygen needs. Once stable equilibrium is achieved, the AP continually monitors environmental gas compositions and corrects imbalances. By-products can often be isolated and condensed for use as fuel sources, industrial cleaning supplies or raw materials for manufacturing.
Sold exclusively in conjunction with Weyland Atmosphere Processors, the Atmospheric Pressurizer can create a locally adapted micro-pressurized environment to prevent injury, illness or discomfort on off-world colonies with either marginal or oppressive stratospheric hold. On most planets, a standard atmospheric pressure of approximately 1.0 atmosphere at sea level can be achieved, reducing the need for decompression treatments and additional medical personnel in the early stages of terraforming.
- The processors appears in many video games, mainly those based on Aliens. They also appear in AVP1 as a level, and in AVP: E (known as Atmos) as a way to receive resources for the Marines. CommTechs will need to repair it in order for the Atmo to function for a limited amount of time.