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26th Oct 2020 SPE WA Reducing Net Carbon Footprint Webinar: An Overview of Recent Liquid Hydrogen Projects at NASA Kennedy Space Center
October 26, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pmFree – $10
SPE WA are proud to present the details of our live webinar on Reducing Net Carbon Footprint titled “An Overview of Recent Liquid Hydrogen Projects at NASA Kennedy Space Center” presented by Adam M. Swanger!
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About the Presentation
In this presentation we will cover some recent and exciting LH2 projects from around NASA Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida, USA; both in research & technology as well as permanent infrastructure for rocket launch pads. A large-scale test of an Integrated Refrigeration and Storage (IRaS) system called the Ground Operations and Demonstration Unit for Liquid Hydrogen (GODU-LH2) will be discussed, including the design, hardware build-up, and final results. A brief history and background of the cryogenic systems at KSC launch pads will also be presented, as well as present usage, and upgrades. Built in the 1960s to support the Moon missions of the Apollo Program, Pads A and B have always boasted some of the world’s largest and most complex liquid hydrogen and oxygen storage and transfer systems. The Pad B storage systems remained relatively unchanged throughout the Space Shuttle program, however, future launch requirements of the current Space Launch System (SLS) demand more LH2 than the legacy tank could handle. In 2018, NASA awarded a contract to construct an additional 4700 m3 capacity LH2 tank adjacent to the legacy one to meet the demand. Implementation of both IRaS and Glass Bubble technologies with the new LH2 sphere represents a landmark change in how the challenges associated with large-scale LH2 storage is addressed.
About the Speaker – Adam M. Swanger
Adam M. Swanger is a senior research engineer with the Cryogenics Test Laboratory at NASA Kennedy Space Center for energy efficient technology development and materials research. Mr. Swanger holds a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (Thermo-Fluids) from the University of Central Florida, and a Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering from The Ohio State University. He has been working in the field of cryogenics for over ten years, with a focus on providing practical solutions to low-temperature problems in both active and passive thermal systems. He has played an integral role in projects for NASA, the Department of Energy, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, and many commercial and industrial partners. His current research activities include solid-state thermo-fluid storage, next-generation cryogenic propellant storage and densification, and high-performance insulation systems for both terrestrial and in-space applications.