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The New Millennium Program power technology [space power]

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12 Author(s)
Chmielewski, A.B. ; Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Technol., Pasadena, CA, USA ; Das, A. ; Cassapakis, C. ; Allen, D.
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The New Millennium Program (NMP) has been established to accelerate the infusion of breakthrough technologies into NASA space science missions. The goal of this technology infusion is to fulfill the NASA vision of frequent, low-cost missions to deep space and to planet Earth. Power is one of the most important keys to cost-effective space science missions. The power subsystem comprises over 25 percent of the mass of a typical deep space orbiter-type spacecraft. The problems of power will become even more acute in the new millennium as deep space missions are asked to go farther from the Sun and get to their destinations faster. The proposals described in this paper received the most consideration and in several cases resulted in the technology being selected for flight on one of the NMP missions. The technologies discussed here are the: SCARLET array; light flexible array; lithium ion battery; cold temperature battery; inflatable concentrators; and a related technology-multifunctional structures

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Energy Conversion Engineering Conference, 1996. IECEC 96., Proceedings of the 31st Intersociety  (Volume:4 )

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11-16 Aug 1996