Accession Number : AD0164859

Title :   Liquid Cooled Runway.

Descriptive Note : Patent Application,

Corporate Author : DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE WASHINGTON D C

Personal Author(s) : Walker,William H.

Report Date : 12 JUN 1974

Pagination or Media Count : 11

Abstract : The patent application relates to a ground launch facility for spacecraft including a concrete runway with two water reservoir ponds each situated along the runway on either side. A series of high pressure pumping stations with a line of high pressure spray heads are positioned along the length of the runway at predetermined intervals. Means are provided for automatically initiating the flood of water on the runway as the vehicle passes and for maintaining the flow until sensors indicate that temperatures have returned to non-destructive levels after which the excess water is drained back to the ponds.

Descriptors :   *Space shuttles, *Runways, *Water cooling, Patents, Launching, Sprays, Drainage, Ground support

Subject Categories : Ground Support Sys & Facil For Space Vehicles

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE