Future far world NASA missions require high temperature thermoelectric power supplies where solar power is unavailable. Current multilayer metal insulation (MLMI) systems reduce parasitic heat transfer to deep space, aiding performance. These MLMI systems have alternating support and reflective layers. These support layers span the shield length, creating a large path for conduction heat transfer losses. Giner’s novel design will use custom, low thermal conductivity standoffs which will reduce parasitic heat losses, increasing power supply efficiency. Using these standoffs will decrease parasitic losses by a factor of three compared to current high temperature MLMI systems. Where operating temperature allows, Giner will substitute in more insulating materials, further increasing insulating performance. Giner’s MLMI system will allow for extended and expanded mission capabilities for far world NASA missions.
The developed technology will enable expanded mission capabilities for all future NASA far world missions that cannot depend on solar energy. These missions could include robotic landers, satellites, rovers, and aerial vehicles for exploring Mars, the Moon, and the outer planets.
This technology can be used in cryogenic systems that use vacuum insulation. These systems can include cryogenic tanks, pipes, and other cryogenic equipment. This technology can also be used in high temperature industrial insulation, including petroleum refining and processing.