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Modified Collins Cryocooler for Cryo-Propellant Thermal Management, Phase II

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Modified Collins Cryocooler for Cryo-Propellant Thermal Management, Phase II
Future lunar and planetary explorations will require the storage of cryogenic propellants, particularly liquid oxygen (LOX) and liquid hydrogen (LH2), in low earth orbit (LEO) for periods of time ranging from days to months, and possibly longer. LEO is a relatively warm thermal environment and without careful thermal management, significant quantities of stored liquid cryogens can be lost due to boil-off. More »

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