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Low-gravity superfluid transfer can be done: the results of the Superfluid Helium On-Orbit Transfer (SHOOT) flight demonstration
Author(s): Michael J. DiPirro; Peter J. Shirron; James G. Tuttle
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Paper Abstract

The Superfluid Helium On-Orbit Transfer (SHOOT) Flight Demonstration was designed to demonstrate the technology for resupplying space helium dewars on orbit. Secondarily SHOOT developed a number of components useful to other satellites using superfluid helium. SHOOT was launched on the Space Shuttle Endeavour as part of mission STS-57 on June 21, 1993. On orbit operations were conducted in three stages: pump down of the superfluid and electronics checkout, initial ground controlled helium transfers, and an astronaut controlled transfer. An overview of the SHOOT mission is given. A summary of experiences with a number of flight components developed specifically for SHOOT is presented. Questions that were answered by the flight are discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 June 1994
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 2227, Cryogenic Optical Systems and Instruments VI, (23 June 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.178607
Show Author Affiliations
Michael J. DiPirro, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Peter J. Shirron, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
James G. Tuttle, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2227:
Cryogenic Optical Systems and Instruments VI
James B. Heaney; Lawrence G. Burriesci, Editor(s)

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