About Cryogenic Propellant Storage and Transfer (CPST)
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Earlier this year, the Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) directed the Cryogenic Propellant Storage and Transfer (CPST) project to reformulate from a spaceflight technology demonstration project to a ground technology demonstration project based on the directorate's budget environment.
This spring, the project -- managed by NASA's Glenn Research Center -- submitted a plan to reflect the new direction. The new project, now known as "eCryo," or Evolvable Cryogenics, was approved by STMD and will formally commence in fiscal year 2015.
The eCryo formulation team currently is gathering data for potential technical content. Tasks are being formulated for cryogenic fluid management technologies that will support development of the Space Launch System and make use of large-scale systems to assess performance of numerous technologies such as vapor cooling, multilayer insulation, gauging and analytical models. The eCryo project plan is scheduled to be completed this September.
The CPST project also has several tandem milestones to deliver in the remainder of fiscal year 2014, including hydrogen testing of the Engineering Development Unit; holding an industry infusion workshop to demonstrate liquid oxygen zero boil-off; and organizing a meeting with the French space agency Centre National d'Études Spatiales to benchmark analytical models using shared data.