Thermal vacuum life test facility for radioisotope thermoelectric generators

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In the late 1970's, the Department of Energy (DOE) assigned Monsanto Research Corporation, Mound Facility, now operated by EG G Mound Applied Technologies, the responsibility for assembling and testing General Purpose Heat Source (GPHS) radioisotope thermoelectric generators (RTGs). Assembled and tested were five RTGs, which included four flight units and one non-flight qualification unit. Figure 1 shows the RTG, which was designed by General Electric AstroSpace Division (GE/ASD) to produce 285 W of electrical power. A detailed description of the processes for RTG assembly and testing is presented by Amos and Goebel (1989). The RTG performance data are described by ... continued below

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Deaton, R.L.; Goebel, C.J. & Amos, W.R. January 1, 1990.

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In the late 1970's, the Department of Energy (DOE) assigned Monsanto Research Corporation, Mound Facility, now operated by EG G Mound Applied Technologies, the responsibility for assembling and testing General Purpose Heat Source (GPHS) radioisotope thermoelectric generators (RTGs). Assembled and tested were five RTGs, which included four flight units and one non-flight qualification unit. Figure 1 shows the RTG, which was designed by General Electric AstroSpace Division (GE/ASD) to produce 285 W of electrical power. A detailed description of the processes for RTG assembly and testing is presented by Amos and Goebel (1989). The RTG performance data are described by Bennett, et al. (1986). The flight units will provide electrical power for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) Galileo mission to Jupiter (two RTGs) and the joint NASA/European Space Agency (ESA) Ulysses mission to study the polar regions of the sun (one RTG). The remaining flight unit will serve as the spare for both missions, and a non-flight qualification unit was assembled and tested to ensure that performance criteria were adequately met. 4 refs., 3 figs.

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  • 7. symposium on space nuclear power systems, Albuquerque, NM (USA), 7-11 Jan 1990

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  • Other: DE90007148
  • Report No.: MLM-3622-OP
  • Report No.: CONF-900109--22
  • Grant Number: AC04-88DP43495
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 5062896
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc1061647

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Deaton, R.L.; Goebel, C.J. & Amos, W.R. Thermal vacuum life test facility for radioisotope thermoelectric generators, article, January 1, 1990; United States. (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1061647/: accessed March 24, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.