Accession Number : AD0603215

Title :   PROPELLANT STORABILITY IN SPACE.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. 15 May 63-30 Jun 64,

Corporate Author : GENERAL ELECTRIC CO PHILADELPHIA PA MISSILE AND SPACE DIV

Personal Author(s) : Benton,W. ; carr,R. ; Cohen,A. ; Gustafson,G. ; Lankton,C.

Report Date : JUN 1964

Pagination or Media Count : 277

Abstract : Presented are the results and interpretation of tests performed to investigate storability of propellants in space. The purpose of the work was to demonstrate the long term storage capability of cryogenic and earth storable propellants in a simulated orbital environment. A variety of tank sizes and shapes was tested. The test articles included a simulated meteorite shield and employed advanced support techniques suitable for a low 'g' environment. A simulated sun was utilized as the source of heat input. The sun was cycled to represent the conditions in a high inclination, low altitude earth orbit. The test results were analyzed and related to the storage of actual propellants. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*ROCKET PROPELLANTS, STORAGE), (*PROPELLANT TANKS, ENVIRONMENTAL TESTS), SPACE ENVIRONMENTS, WEIGHTLESSNESS, SOLAR RADIATION, METEORITES, SIMULATION, ORBITS, VACUUM APPARATUS, COATINGS, EPOXY RESINS, GLASS TEXTILES, THERMAL INSULATION, HEAT TRANSFER, LIQUEFIED GASES, EVAPORATION

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE