PROPELLANT STORABILITY IN SPACE
Quarterly research contract status rept. no. 1, 15 May-30 Sep 1963
GENERAL ELECTRIC CO PHILADELPHIA PA MISSILE AND SPACE DIV
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At the start of this report period, emphasis was placed upon the formulation of a thermal test plan. Two series of tests are planned in the Solar Environmental Simulator. A 3 x 6 cylindrical tank will be tested with liquid N. In another cylindrical tank of the same dimensions methly alcohol will be used as the test fluid. A 3rd test will consist of 2 spheres 4 ft in diameter, placed side by side. With alcohol in one tank and liquid N in the other, thermal interactions between a cryogenic and an earth storable propellant combination will be studied. A final series of tests will be conducted at the Malta Test Station. For these, the heat loads obtained from the Solar Environmental Simulator experiment will be imposed upon the test tankage. The design of the test tankage, meteorite shields, and support system was initiated.
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