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The role of flight experiments in the development of cryogenic fluid management technologies.

Le rôle des expériences de vol spatial dans le développement des technologies de gestion des fluides cryogéniques.

Auteurs : CHATO D. J.

Résumé

This paper reviews the history of cryogenic fluid management technology development and infusion into both the Saturn and Centaur vehicles. Ground testing and analysis proved inadequate to demonstrate full scale performance. As a consequence, flight demonstration with full scale vehicle was required by both the Saturn and Centaur programs to build confidence that problems were addressed. However, the flight vehicles were highly limited on flight instrumentation and the flight demonstration "locked-in" the design without challenging the function of design elements. Projects reviewed include: the Aerobe Sounding Rocket Cryogenic Fluid Management (CFM) tests which served as a valuable stepping stone to flight demonstration and built confidence in the ability to handle hydrogen in low gravity; the Saturn IVB Fluid Management Qualification flight test; the Atlas Centaur demonstration flights to develop two burn capabilities; and finally the Titan Centaur two post mission flight tests. [Reprinted with permission from Elsevier. Copyright, 2005].

Détails

  • Titre original : The role of flight experiments in the development of cryogenic fluid management technologies.
  • Identifiant de la fiche : 2006-2795
  • Langues : Anglais
  • Date d'édition : 02/2006