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TitleCassini RTG Acceptance Test Results and RTG Performance on Galileo and Ulysses
Author(s)Kelly, C. E.; Klee, P. M.
Publication DateJune 01, 1997
Report NumberDOE/SF/18852--T77
Unique IdentifierACC0163
Other NumbersLegacy ID: DE97007513; OSTI ID: 481894
Research OrgMartin Marietta Corp., Philadelphia, PA (United States)
Contract NoAC03 91SF18852
Sponsoring OrgUS DOE Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy, Washington, DC (United States)
Subject07 Isotope and Radiation Source Technology; Spacecraft Power Supplies; Performance; Saturn Planet; Radioisotope Heat Sources; Thermoelectric Generators; Specifications; Space Vehicles
KeywordsT1; Q1; RTG
Related Web PagesRTG -- History, the Curiosity, and New Horizons
AbstractFlight acceptance testing has been completed for the RTGs to be used on the Cassini spacecraft which is scheduled for an October 6, 1997 launch to Saturn. The acceptance test program includes vibration tests, magnetic field measurements, properties (weight and c.g.) and thermal vacuum test. This paper presents The thermal vacuum test results. Three RTGs are to be used, F 2, F 6, and F 7. F 5 is tile back up RTG, as it was for the Galileo and Ulysses missions launched in 1989 and 1990, respectively. RTG performance measured during the thermal vacuum tests carried out at die Mound Laboratory facility met all specification requirements. Beginning of mission (BOM) and end of mission (EOM) power predictions have been made based on than tests results. BOM power is predicted to be 888 watts compared to the minimum requirement of 826 watts. Degradation models predict the EOM power after 16 years is to be 640 watts compared to a minimum requirement of 596 watts. Results of small scale module tests are also showing. The modules contain couples from the qualification and flight production runs. The tests have exceeded 28,000 hours (3.2 years) and are continuing to provide increased confidence in the predicted long term performance of the Cassini RTGs. All test results indicate that the power requirements of the Cassini spacecraft will be met. BOM and EOM power margins of over five percent are predicted. Power output from telemetry for the two Galileo RTGs are shown from the 1989 launch to the recent Jupiter encounter. Comparisons of predicted, measured and required performance are shown. Telemetry data are also shown for the RTG on the Ulysses spacecraft which completed its planned mission in 1995 and is now in the extended mission.
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