Orbital Performance of a Solid Cryogen Cooling System for a Gamma-Ray Detector

  • T. C. Nast
  • G. A. Bell
  • R. K. Wedel
Part of the Advances in Cryogenic Engineering book series (ACRE, volume 21)


Development of solid cryogen coolers has been underway at this laboratory for approximately ten years [1,2]. Recently these coolers have matured from the laboratory development stage to flight hardware status. In addition to the single-stage cooler described in this paper, a two-stage solid cooler has been successfully launched aboard a Nimbus F spacecraft [3]. The cooler described here utilized solid carbon dioxide and operated continuously in orbit for eight months at 126 K.


Heat Load Detector Module Orbital Performance Heat Leak Support Tube 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • T. C. Nast
    • 1
  • G. A. Bell
    • 1
  • R. K. Wedel
    • 1
  1. 1.Lockheed Palo Alto Research LaboratoryPalo AltoUSA

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