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Vapour compression refrigeration for space applications

An IJR review paper presents the history of vapour-compression refrigeration systems used in microgravity environments and sets the next steps of research needed to achieve reliable systems.  

Frequent flights to the Moon, human missions to Mars and extraterrestrial habitats are primary goals for current space exploration development activities. One of the main challenges in achieving these goals is the development of lighter, more energy efficient, and resilient thermal management sys...

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