17 May 2016 Overview of RICOR tactical cryogenic refrigerators for space missions
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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
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Sergey Riabzev, Avishai Filis, Dorit Livni, Itai Regev, Victor Segal, Dan Gover, "Overview of RICOR tactical cryogenic refrigerators for space missions", Proc. SPIE 9821, Tri-Technology Device Refrigeration (TTDR), 98210Q (17 May 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2224443; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2224443
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