Concept d'un banc d'essai pour l'hydrogène liquide en orbite.

Concept for on orbit liquid hydrogen test bed.

Auteurs : FRANK D., NAST T., MIX J.

Type d'article : Article


There is growing interest in the utilization of cryogenic propellants for future space missions. The utilization of these propellants for long duration in space presents substantial challenges in fluid management in the low g environment. Lockheed Martin (LM) is developing the concept for a space borne system for demonstration of long term storage, various fluid management tests involving control of tank pressure, location and identification of vapor and liquid phases, venting in low g, mass gauging, and extension of life with cryocoolers and location of liquid for transfer. In addition the concept includes autonomous coupling and hydrogen transfer from tank to tank. The concept is based on a flight qualified flight proven hydrogen Dewar design from a previous program The concept for this system is described. [Reprinted with permission from Elsevier. Copyright, 2012].



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