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An overview of NASA space cryocooler programs—2006

Show simple item record Ross, Ronald G., Jr. Boyle, R. F. 2007-02-23T17:47:54Z 2007-02-23T17:47:54Z 2006-06-14
dc.identifier.citation International Cryocooler Conference, Annapolis, Maryland, June 14, 2006. en
dc.identifier.clearanceno 06-1561
dc.description.abstract Mechanical cryocoolers represent a significant enabling technology for NASA’s Earth and Space Science Enterprises. Many of NASA's space instruments require cryogenic refrigeration to improve dynamic range, extend wavelength coverage, or enable the use of advanced detectors to observe a wide range of phenomena—from crop dynamics to stellar birth. Reflecting the relative maturity of the technology at these temperatures, the largest utilization of coolers over the last fifteen years has been for instruments operating at medium to high cryogenic temperatures (55 to 150K). For the future, important new developments are focusing on the lower temperature range, from 6 to 20 K, in support of studies of the origin of the Universe and the search for planets around distant stars. NASA’s development of a 20K cryocooler for the European Planck spacecraft and a 6 K cryocooler for the MIRI instrument on the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) are examples of the thrust to provide low-temperature cooling for this class of future missions. en
dc.description.sponsorship NASA/JPL en
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dc.language.iso en_US en
dc.publisher Pasadena, CA : Jet Propulsion Laboratory, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 2006. en
dc.subject cryocooler en
dc.subject cryogenics en
dc.title An overview of NASA space cryocooler programs—2006 en
dc.type Preprint en

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