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SmallSat Low Mass, Extreme Low Temperature Energy Storage

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SmallSat Low Mass, Extreme Low Temperature Energy Storage
High specific energy, low-temperature power systems would allow space exploration missions to do more science over longer periods, farther from the sun. This proposal is for the first year of a two-year project to ultimately space test a new low-temperature capable, battery/ultra-capacitor power system. This innovation would reduce the mass of power systems, eliminate the need for wasteful battery heaters, and increase the amount of energy available at low-temperatures. The first year of the project would be the development and ground test of the power system and the development of a cubesat to carry the experimental system into orbit. More »

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