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Two Years Orbital Performance Summary Of Stirling Cycle Mechanical Refrigerators
Author(s): L. G. Naes; T. C. Nast
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Paper Abstract

Four Stirling cycle mechanical refrigerators are continuing to provide cooling to two gamma ray detector instruments after over 860 days in orbit. These units were developed jointly by North American Philips Laboratories and the Johns Hopkins University/Applied Physics Laboratory and placed into orbit on 24 February 1979 aboard the P78-1 spacecraft. The four units have demonstrated between 4,700 to over 16,000 hours of unattended operation and represent a major breakthrough in the lifetime capability of mechanical refrigerators.

Paper Details

Date Published: 31 March 1982
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 0304, Modern Utilization of Infrared Technology VII, (31 March 1982); doi: 10.1117/12.932672
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L. G. Naes, Lockheed Missiles & Space Company, Inc. (United States)
T. C. Nast, Lockheed Missiles & Space Company, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0304:
Modern Utilization of Infrared Technology VII
Irving J. Spiro, Editor(s)

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