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Ball Aerospace 4-10 K space cryocoolers
Author(s): D. S. Glaister; W. Gully; R. Ross; R. Stack; E. Marquardt
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Paper Abstract

This paper describes the design, development, testing and performance at Ball Aerospace of long life, 4-10 K temperature space cryocoolers. For temperatures down to 10 K, Ball has developed long life Stirling cycle cryocoolers. For temperatures to 4 K and below, Ball has developed a hybrid Stirling/J-T (Joule-Thomson) cooler. The hybrid cooler has been verified in test to 3.5 K on a Ball program and a 6 K Development Model is in development on the NASA/JPL ACTDP (Advanced Cryocooler Technology Development Program). The Ball ACTDP cooler Development Model will be tested in 2005. The ACTDP cooler provides simultaneous cooling at 6 K (typically, for either doped Si detectors or as a sub-Kelvin precooler) and 18 K (typically, for optics or shielding) with cooling stages also available at 40 and 180 K (typically, for thermal shields or other components). The ACTDP cooler is under development for the NASA JWST (James Webb Space Telescope), TPF (Terrestrial Planet Finder), and Con-X (Constellation X-Ray) missions. The 4-10 K Coolers are highly leveraged off previous Ball space coolers including multiple life test and flight units.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 October 2004
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 5498, Millimeter and Submillimeter Detectors for Astronomy II, (8 October 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.552059
Show Author Affiliations
D. S. Glaister, Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corp. (United States)
W. Gully, Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corp. (United States)
R. Ross, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
R. Stack, Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corp. (United States)
E. Marquardt, Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corp. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5498:
Millimeter and Submillimeter Detectors for Astronomy II
Jonas Zmuidzinas; Wayne S. Holland; Stafford Withington, Editor(s)

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