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Use of a ULA ACES as a cryocooler for IR CubeSat space telescopes utilizing a Neon expansion ratio battery

January 15, 2017

Use of a ULA ACES as a cryocooler for IR CubeSat space telescopes utilizing a Neon expansion battery


A new paper we have found gives insight into the power of cryogenic Neon expansion ratios,

Martins, D., Borges P. de Sousa, I. Catarino, and G. Bonfait. “40 K Liquid Neon Energy Storage Unit.” Physics Procedia. 67 (2015): 1193-1198.

(A)(1) use the Cryogenic Xenon thermal Battery to cool CubeSat IR telescopes held in a Ring or other cube sat deployment mechanism with the exception that they would remain attached to the upper stage.

(A)(2) The Cryogenic Thermal battery would be cooled at first by ACES LH2 propellent; Cryogenic Neon expansion gas expelled to ACES LH2 tank after LH2 exhaustion.(3)ULA ACES internal combustion engine redesigned to burn GH2 and GO2 with Neon and other Noble gas contaminants with H2O exhausted back with the Neon into the ACES propellant tanks to freeze out for later resource utilization See here and for possible Neon reuse without H2O contamination the Neon thermal battery See here,(4) thermal expansion battery also might produce its own electricity by expanding the gas through an impeller or turbine or Stirling engine(5) solar arrays allow us to bank the gases H2 and O2 for internal combustion engine for planetary and lunar shadow.

(B)(1) Many space telescopes CubeSats with cryogenic cooling brings this capability to the university level investigation and a first target could be the lunar poles.

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