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Title: Cassini RTG acceptance test results and RTG performance on Galileo and Ulysses

Abstract

Flight 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 performancemore » 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.« less

Authors:
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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Martin Marietta Corp., Philadelphia, PA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy, Washington, DC (United States)
OSTI Identifier:
481894
Report Number(s):
DOE/SF/18852-T77
ON: DE97007513; TRN: 97:011131
DOE Contract Number:  
AC03-91SF18852
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Resource Relation:
Other Information: PBD: [1997]
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
07 ISOTOPE AND RADIATION SOURCE TECHNOLOGY; SPACECRAFT POWER SUPPLIES; PERFORMANCE; SATURN PLANET; RADIOISOTOPE HEAT SOURCES; THERMOELECTRIC GENERATORS; SPECIFICATIONS; SPACE VEHICLES; NESDPS Office of Nuclear Energy Space and Defense Power Systems

Citation Formats

Kelly, C E, and Klee, P M. Cassini RTG acceptance test results and RTG performance on Galileo and Ulysses. United States: N. p., 1997. Web. doi:10.2172/481894.
Kelly, C E, & Klee, P M. Cassini RTG acceptance test results and RTG performance on Galileo and Ulysses. United States. doi:10.2172/481894.
Kelly, C E, and Klee, P M. Sun . "Cassini RTG acceptance test results and RTG performance on Galileo and Ulysses". United States. doi:10.2172/481894. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/481894.
@article{osti_481894,
title = {Cassini RTG acceptance test results and RTG performance on Galileo and Ulysses},
author = {Kelly, C E and Klee, P M},
abstractNote = {Flight 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.},
doi = {10.2172/481894},
journal = {},
number = ,
volume = ,
place = {United States},
year = {1997},
month = {6}
}