Ball Aerospace submits cryogenic propellant storage mission concept to NASA

  • 24-Jan-2012 01:21 EST

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. submitted a mission concept study to NASA for the storage and transfer of cryogenic propellants in space. Ball Aerospace was one of four companies awarded a six-month contract by NASA to develop a mission concept that demonstrates long-duration, in-space storage and transfer of cryogenic propellants. Successful development and in-space demonstration of the technology would advance the state of the art that is required for future exploration elements such as large cryogenic propulsion stages. The Ball concept study, based on more than 40 years of experience with cryogenic spaceflight instruments and over 150 cryogenic space flights, proposes solutions to close current gaps in technology to achieve that goal. NASA will use the four contracted studies to plan and implement a future flight demonstration mission that will test and validate key capabilities and technologies. NASA's Exploration Technology Development Program is funding the studies.

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