High Temperature Latent Heat Thermal Energy Storage to Augment Solar Thermal Propulsion for Microsatellites
AIR FORCE RESEARCH LAB EDWARDS AFB CA ROCKET PROPULSION DIV
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Solar thermal propulsion STP has over 50 years of developmental history and offers a compromise between thrust and efficiency. No solar thermal spacecraft have been flown due to complicated architecure, system scale and adverse mission impact. It is proposed here that a bi modal solar thermal microsatellite has the potential to greatly increase the operating envelope of the platform. The development of high temperature latent heat thermal energy storage is currently an enabling technology.
- Energy Storage
- Unmanned Spacecraft