Multivessel storage of fluids for protection against meteoroids.

by L. E. Kaechele


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A study of the problem of protection against meteoroids in space storage and also of pressurized storage and thermal protection. For short space trips in sturdy vehicles, designed to withstand the rigors of boost and reentry, the problem of meteoroid impact has been of relatively minor concern. The likelihood of damage, however, will increase for longer voyages in larger, more fragile vehicles. The possibility of providing safe, light-weight storage for fluids by using many small containers rather than a single large one is investigated. It is shown that multiple containers can be appreciably lighter in certain applications. A method is developed for determining which storage system is best, and the kinds of missions for which the multiple container may be better. 56 pp.

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