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ULA Innovation: Integrated Vehicle Fluids (IVF)

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hydra9:
IVF technology combined with the latest advances in NASA's crycooler technology should make reusable LOX/LH2 vehicles for lunar and Mars landings and for interplanetary orbital transfer vehicles and propellant depots  a reality by the late 2020s.

Marcel

SLS Fuel Tank Derived Artificial Gravity Habitats, Interplanetary Vehicles, & Fuel Depots

http://newpapyrusmagazine.blogspot.com/2014/05/sls-fuel-tank-derived-artificial.html

hydra9:
Check out these Space Work's/ULA concepts for interplanetary propulsion stages for human missions to Mars using IVF technology:


http://www.sei.aero/eng/papers/uploads/archive/SpaceWorks%20CPS%20Study%20Final%20Distribution.pdf

jongoff:

--- Quote from: john smith 19 on 04/03/2015 07:43 am ---It's also (AFAIK) pretty rare for one of the key developers to do the voice over.
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I thought that was fun too. But Frank's pretty passionate about the technology and it comes through in the video.


--- Quote ---I'll certainly be looking out for the first flight with IVF installed, although I wish they'd start testing some of the sub systems on board earlier flights. ULA has a lot of flights manifested between now and 2018. :(
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I wouldn't be surprised if they flew some elements on earlier flights.

~Jon

russianhalo117:

--- Quote from: jongoff on 04/03/2015 10:48 pm ---
--- Quote from: john smith 19 on 04/03/2015 07:43 am ---It's also (AFAIK) pretty rare for one of the key developers to do the voice over.
--- End quote ---

I thought that was fun too. But Frank's pretty passionate about the technology and it comes through in the video.


--- Quote ---I'll certainly be looking out for the first flight with IVF installed, although I wish they'd start testing some of the sub systems on board earlier flights. ULA has a lot of flights manifested between now and 2018. :(
--- End quote ---

I wouldn't be surprised if they flew some elements on earlier flights.

~Jon

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There is an IVF experiment flying in 2016 as demonstration payload regarding using IVF thrusters to facilitate deorbit on I believe either an SSTO or GSO mission. I would have to read it again fully instead of skimming through it.
This is the white paper from December 2014:
http://www.ulalaunch.com/uploads/docs/Published_Papers/Supporting_Technologies/Orbital_Disposal_of_Launch_Vehicle_Upper_Stages_final.pdf

mlindner:
So... What's wrong with batteries? I honestly don't understand why this is awesome as people seem to be reacting to it here. Also doesn't this seem to burn fuel that you could be using for propulsion? Also as its hydrogen and oxygen isn't a hydrogen fuel cell (used since apollo era) lighter and more efficient than a piston engine? I don't understand.

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