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A Supercritical Helium Conditioning Unit

  • C. L. Baese
  • A. R. Urbach
  • J. J. Hibl
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Cryogenic Engineering book series (ACRE, volume 13)

Abstract

The Lunar Module Spacecraft contains a supercritical helium storage tank. Onboard helium is used to pressurize the propulsion system in the descent stage, A supercritical helium conditioning unit is required to service the spacecraft storage tank and is installed on the servicing tower at the Apollo Launch Complex. Servicing of the spacecraft tank requires that ambient helium gas be refrigerated to near liquid helium temperature prior to delivery. Gas is delivered at pressures up to 500 psig and mass flow rates to 3.25 lb/min. The entire servicing function is controlled and monitored remotely.

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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  • C. L. Baese
    • 1
  • A. R. Urbach
    • 1
  • J. J. Hibl
    • 1
  1. 1.Beech Aircraft CorporationBoulderUSA

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