Free piston space Stirling technology programMTI recently completed an initial technology feasibility program for NASA by designing, fabricating and testing a space power demonstrator engine (SPDE). This program, which confirms the potential of free-piston Stirling engines, provided the major impetus to initiate a free-piston Stirling space engine (SSE) technology program. The accomplishments of the SPDE program are reviewed, and an overview of the SSE technology program and technical status to date is provided. It is shown that progress in both programs continues to justify its potential for either nuclear or solar space power missions.
Dochat, G. R. (Mechanical Technology, Inc. Latham, NY, United States)
Dhar, M. (Mechanical Technology, Inc. Latham, NY, United States)