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Spring 4-12-2019


This paper reviews the Restore-L mission purpose and the necessary research and simulations to meet mission specification for the Propellant Transfer Subsystem (PTS). It is essential the PTS undergoes functionality testing, environmental testing, and calculations to understand the capabilities of the system. For the testing of components from PTS, a proper test setup is required. It is vital for test hardware, such as hoses and valves, to stay in place while the test is being performed. For the test hardware to operate correctly, positioning, orientation, and alignment are critical as well. In addition to the testing, calculations for pressure drop were explored. To meet requirements for test setups, designs for test hardware mounts were sketched, 3D modeled, and manufactured. Using fluid mechanics for calculations, a pressure drop equation was applied with known variables from mission specification. With the test hardware mounts designed and manufactured, the test setup was assembled with mounts installed. Test hardware mounts met all design requirements. Calculation for pressure drop were concluded and an answer was achieved. Meeting design requirement, mission specification, and calculating correct results allow the Restore-L mission to make further progress and help understand the effectiveness of the Propellant Transfer Subsystem.


Spring 2019 NIFS NASA Kennedy Space Center Internship.



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