TEST OF GEMINI FUEL BATTERY SECTION TO MANNED ORBITING LABORATORY MISSION POWER REQUIREMENTS
Final rept. Feb-May 1965
GENERAL ELECTRIC CO WEST LYNN MA DIRECT ENERGY CONVERSION OPERATION
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It was requested that the General Electric Company furnish a complete Gemini fuel cell battery with canister and all associated auxiliary equipment and all personnel and facilities required to accomplish a 1000-hour operational test under conditions which simulate the mission power requirements of the Air Forces Manned Orbiting Laboratory MOL. The objective of this program was to test a Gemini Fuel cell battery and to obtain and evaluate data on its performance throughout the continuous operational test. A Gemini fuel cell battery, consisting of three individual 32-cell modules, was tested in accordance with a test plan approved by the Air Force Aero Propulsion Laboratory. The Gemini production fuel cell battery successfully met all requirements of the test plan for the 1000 hour period. Complete MOL power requirements were successfully met for 810 hours 34 days following which the peak powers were reduced in accordance with the test plan to maintain a 25 volt output. The test confirmed that Gemini production hardware is capable of satisfying the 30-day MOL mission requirements and provides the growth capability to serve missions up to and beyond 1000 hours duration.
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