Cryogenic Tankage for Space Flight Applications
An analysis of the requirements for a vehicle capable of travel in space will almost invariably reveal the necessity for cryogenic liquids. Elemental gases such as hydrogen, oxygen, and fluorine constitute the ultimate in high-energy chemical propellant systems and are certain to play a prominent role in the coming generation of space craft. Future propulsion systems such as nuclear rocket power plants will continue to rely on hydrogen for its low molecular weight and high specific heat. Manned vehicles must also include a supply of oxygen in combination with an inert gas such as nitrogen or argon for breathing purposes.
KeywordsFlexural Rigidity Liquid Hydrogen Insulation Thickness Cryogenic Liquid Zero Gravity
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