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Pressure Control for Low Earth Orbit InvestigatedThere is renewed interest in cryogenic oxygen storage for an advanced second-generation orbital maneuvering system and reaction control systems in a low Earth orbit because cryogenic propellants are more energetic and environmentally friendly than current storable propellants. Unfortunately, heat transfer or heat leak into these storage systems increases tank pressure. On Earth, pressure is easily controlled by venting from the gaseous, or ullage, space above the liquid. In low gravity, the location of vapor is unknown and direct venting would expel liquid. Historically, upper stages have used auxiliary thrusters to resettle the tank contents and fix the location of the ullage space in orbit.
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Glenn Research Center
Document Type
VanOverbeke, Thomas J.
(NASA Glenn Research Center Cleveland, OH, United States)
Date Acquired
September 7, 2013
Publication Date
June 1, 2005
Publication Information
Publication: Research and Technology 2004
Subject Category
Spacecraft Instrumentation And Astrionics
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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