Flight Testing of the Capillary Pumped Loop Flight Experiment

Paper #:
  • 951566

Published:
  • 1995-07-01
Citation:
Butler, D., Ottenstein, L., and Ku, J., "Flight Testing of the Capillary Pumped Loop Flight Experiment," SAE Technical Paper 951566, 1995, https://doi.org/10.4271/951566.
Pages:
17
Abstract:
The Capillary Pumped Loop Flight Experiment (CAPL) employs a passive two-phase thermal control system that uses the latent heat of vaporization of ammonia to transfer heat over long distances. CAPL was designed as a prototype of the Earth Observing System (EOS) instrument thermal control systems. The purpose of the mission was to provide validation of the system performance in micro-gravity, prior to implementation on EOS. CAPL was flown on STS-60 in February, 1994, with some unexpected results related to gravitational effects on two-phase systems. Flight test results and post flight investigations will be addressed, along with a brief description of the experiment design.
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