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A Historical Review of Brayton and Stirling Power Conversion Technologies for Space ApplicationsDynamic power conversion technologies, such as closed Brayton and free-piston Stirling, offer many advantages for space power applications including high efficiency, long life, and attractive scaling characteristics. This paper presents a historical review of Brayton and Stirling power conversion technology for space and discusses on-going development activities in order to illustrate current technology readiness. The paper also presents a forecast of potential future space uses of these power technologies.
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Glenn Research Center
Document Type
Technical Memorandum (TM)
Mason, Lee S.
(NASA Glenn Research Center Cleveland, OH, United States)
Schreiber, Jeffrey G.
(NASA Glenn Research Center Cleveland, OH, United States)
Date Acquired
August 24, 2013
Publication Date
November 1, 2007
Subject Category
Spacecraft Propulsion And Power
Report/Patent Number
Paper 2034
Meeting Information
Meeting: Space Nuclear Conference 2007
Location: Boston, MA
Country: United States
Start Date: June 24, 2007
End Date: June 28, 2007
Sponsors: American Nuclear Society
Funding Number(s)
WBS: WBS 850661.04.01.03
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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