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Cryocoolers 8 pp 173-184 | Cite as

JPL Cryocooler Development and Test Program Overview

  • R. G. RossJr.

Abstract

Many near-term and future space-instrument programs within NASA and the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization (BMDO) depend on the successful development of long-life, low-vibration space cryocoolers. The most demanding near-term programs include a number of science instruments selected for NASA’s Earth Observing System (Eos) program, and a number of space reconnaissance instruments associated with the BMDO’s Brilliant Eyes program; both of these programs require delivery of similar types of flight coolers in the next few years.

To help ensure the success of these cooler commitments, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) has implemented an extensive cryocooler program in support of the NASA/JPL Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) project, the Air Force Phillips Laboratory (AFPL), and the Air Force Space and Missiles Systems Division (SMC). This program is directed at assisting industry in developing advanced cryocoolers that successfully address the broad array of complex performance requirements needed for NASA and BMDO long-life space instruments. The JPL cryocooler program includes extensive characterization and life testing of industry-developed cryocoolers, development and flight testing of advanced sorption cooler systems for detector cooling to 10 K, development of mechanical cryocooler enhancement technologies, and flight tests of advanced low-vibration Stirling-cooler systems.

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Flight Test Pulse Tube Flight Experiment Pulse Tube Cooler Atmospheric Infrared Sounder 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. G. RossJr.
    • 1
  1. 1.Jet Propulsion LaboratoryCalifornia Institute of TechnologyPasadenaUSA

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