Microgravity Demonstration of Two-Phase Pumped Loop Technology for Spacecraft Thermal Management

PI: Thomas Conboy, Creare Inc.

The Lightweight, Hybrid Screen-Channel Device for Advanced Cryogenic Fluid Management is a liquid acquisition device (LAD) designed to optimize the position of residual liquid in a fuel tank in order to improve expulsion efficiency. It aims to address the need for vapor-free propellant on long-duration missions, particularly the acquisition of propellant from the supply tank and the subsequent transfer to a receiving spacecraft. Creare will leverage four parabolic flights to demonstrate the device’s acquisition capabilities via its screened channel and guide vanes, as well as to evaluate its achievable expulsion efficiency.

Technology Areas (?)
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Future Customers

Lunar ascent and descent
Fuel depots
Nuclear thermal propulsion systems
Commercial in-space transfer systems
Phase separators in two-phase reactors
Fluid management for two-phase thermal control

Technology Details

  • Selection Date
  • Program Status
  • Current TRL (?)
    Successful FOP Flights
  • 0 sRLV

Development Team

  • PI
    Thomas Conboy
  • Organization
    Creare Inc.
  • Sponsor

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