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Overview of RICOR tactical cryogenic refrigerators for space missions
Author(s): Sergey Riabzev; Avishai Filis; Dorit Livni; Itai Regev; Victor Segal; Dan Gover
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Paper Abstract

Cryogenic refrigerators represent a significant enabling technology for Earth and Space science enterprises. Many of the space instruments require cryogenic refrigeration to enable the use of advanced detectors to explore a wide range of phenomena from space. RICOR refrigerators involved in various space missions are overviewed in this paper, starting in 1994 with “Clementine” Moon mission, till the latest ExoMars mission launched in 2016. RICOR tactical rotary refrigerators have been incorporated in many space instruments, after passing qualification, life time, thermal management testing and flight acceptance. The tactical to space customization framework includes an extensive characterization and qualification test program to validate reliability, the design of thermal interfacing with a detector, vibration export control, efficient heat dissipation in a vacuum environment, robustness, mounting design, compliance with outgassing requirements and strict performance screening. Current RICOR development is focused on dedicated ultra-long-life, highly reliable, space cryogenic refrigerator based on a Pulse Tube design

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 May 2016
PDF: 16 pages
Proc. SPIE 9821, Tri-Technology Device Refrigeration (TTDR), 98210Q (17 May 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2224443
Show Author Affiliations
Sergey Riabzev, RICOR Cryogenic & Vacuum Systems (Israel)
Avishai Filis, RICOR Cryogenic & Vacuum Systems (Israel)
Dorit Livni, RICOR Cryogenic & Vacuum Systems (Israel)
Itai Regev, RICOR Cryogenic & Vacuum Systems (Israel)
Victor Segal, RICOR Cryogenic & Vacuum Systems (Israel)
Dan Gover, RICOR Cryogenic & Vacuum Systems (Israel)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9821:
Tri-Technology Device Refrigeration (TTDR)
Richard I. Epstein; Bjørn F. Andresen; Markus P. Hehlen; Ingo N. Rühlich; Mansoor Sheik-Bahae; Thomas Fraser, Editor(s)

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