Space-Based Heat Pumps for a Lunar Lander/Rover Thermal Control

Paper #:
  • 961536

Published:
  • 1996-07-01
Citation:
Nikanpour, D. and De-Parolis, L., "Space-Based Heat Pumps for a Lunar Lander/Rover Thermal Control," SAE Technical Paper 961536, 1996, https://doi.org/10.4271/961536.
Pages:
13
Abstract:
The paper addresses the thermal control of a lunar lander/rover by use of heat pumps enabling payload heat to be rejected at a higher temperature to the lunar day environment.The heat pump technologies considered include absorption, vapor compression, adsorption, hybrid and chemical heat pumps technologies.A trade-off of the various heat pump technologies for a 2kW payload cooling capability is presented based on the needs of space-based hardware in terms of low mass and power, high performance, reliability and compactness of the systems.Finally the selection of a novel variant of the chemical heat pump concept is presented as a promising technology to be further investigated through breadboard development.
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