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Alkaline regenerative fuel cell energy storage system for manned orbital satellitesIt is pointed out that the alkaline regenerative fuel cell system represents a highly efficient, lightweight, reliable approach for providing energy storage in an orbiting satellite. In addition to its energy storage function, the system can supply hydrogen and oxygen for attitude control of the satellite and for life support. A summary is presented of the results to date obtained in connection with the NASA-sponsored fuel cell technology advancement program, giving particular attention to the requirements of the alkaline regenerative fuel cell and the low-earth mission. Attention is given to system design guidelines, weight considerations, gold-platinum cathode cell performance, matrix development, the electrolyte reservoir plate, and the cyclical load profile tests.
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Martin, R. E.
(United Technologies Corp. South Windsor, CT, United States)
Gitlow, B.
(United Technologies Corp. South Windsor, CT, United States)
Sheibley, D. W.
(NASA Lewis Research Center Cleveland, OH, United States)
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August 11, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1982
Subject Category
Spacecraft Propulsion And Power
Meeting Information
IECEC ''82; Seventeenth Intersociety Energy Conversion Engineering Conference(Los Angeles, CA)
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