Solar water heater for NASA's Space StationThe feasibility of using a solar water heater for NASA's Space Station is investigated using computer codes developed to model the Space Station configuration, orbit, and heating systems. Numerous orbit variations, system options, and geometries for the collector were analyzed. Results show that a solar water heater, which would provide 100 percent of the design heating load and would not impose a significant impact on the Space Station overall design is feasible. A heat pipe or pumped fluid radial plate collector of about 10-sq m, placed on top of the habitat module was found to be well suited for satisfying water demand of the Space Station. Due to the relatively small area required by a radial plate, a concentrator is unnecessary. The system would use only 7 to 10 percent as much electricity as an electric water-heating system.
Somers, Richard E. (Remtech, Inc. Huntsville, AL, United States)
Haynes, R. Daniel (Remtech, Inc. Huntsville, AL, United States)
August 14, 2013
January 1, 1988
Spacecraft Propulsion And Power
Meeting: Space 88 Conference on Engineering, Construction, and Operations in Space