Long-Term Cryogenic Space Storage System

  • R. A. Hopkins
  • W. L. Chronic
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Cryogenic Engineering book series (ACRE, volume 18)


The requirements associated with long-term storage of cryogens for space vehicle applications necessitate continued improvements in insulation and zero-g fluid venting technology. Key considerations in the development of such systems are thermal performance, weight, and reliability. Evacuated multilayer insulation is the only type of insulation which is presently developed and feasible for these applications.


Thermal Performance Insulation System Heat Leak Thermal Protection System Lower Temperature Level 


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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1973

Authors and Affiliations

  • R. A. Hopkins
    • 1
  • W. L. Chronic
    • 1
  1. 1.Boulder DivisionBeech Aircraft CorporationBoulderUSA

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