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Technologies for Refueling Spacecraft On-OrbitThis paper discusses the current technologies for on-orbit refueling of spacecraft. The findings of 55 references are reviewed and summarized. Highlights include: (1) the Russian Progress system used by the International Space Station; (2) a flight demonstration of superfluid helium transfer; and (3) ground tests of large cryogenic systems. Key technologies discussed include vapor free liquid outflow, control of fluid inflow to prevent liquid venting, and quick disconnects for on-orbit mating of transfer lines.
Document ID
20000121212
Document Type
Preprint (Draft being sent to journal)
Authors
Chato, David J. (NASA Glenn Research Center Cleveland, OH United States)
Date Acquired
September 7, 2013
Publication Date
November 1, 2000
Subject Category
Fluid Mechanics and Thermodynamics
Report/Patent Number
AIAA Paper 2000-5107
E-12472
NAS 1.15:210476
NASA/TM-2000-210476
Meeting Information
Space 2000(Long Beach, CA)
Funding Number(s)
PROJECT: RTOP 242-33-0A
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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