From off-the-shelf tanks for commercial satellites to customised application-specific designs, Cobham's is a market leader in Space propellant, pressurant and oxygen tanks for space applications.
Cobham's large propellant tank offering is second to none when
it comes to supporting new science missions, where weight and
performance requirements are extremely high. With the reality
of price pressures in commercial space endeavours, Cobham offers a
large suite of low cost DOT tanks and tank derivatives ideally
suited for commercial space endeavours.
Cobham has designed, developed and qualified the largest
composite xenon propellant tank ever flown. This high performance
titanium-lined, carbon composite pressure vessel was qualified to
launch with 992 lbs of xenon at 1,250 psig. The full assembly
weight of the tank and skirt is less than 49 pounds. This hand
laid-up, autoclave cured skirt design is an extremely
lightweight and effective solution for integrating the propellant
tank with the spacecraft structure.
In a recent endeavor with NASA, Cobham designed, developed and
qualified the world's first demisable composite propellant tank
that disintegrates upon re-entry into the atmosphere. This high
performance aluminum-lined, carbon composite pressure vessel is
qualified to launch with 1,202 lbs of Hydrazine at 400 psig and is
designed to hold up to 1,600 lbs.
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Cobham's line of lightweight composite pressure vessels are well
suited for use as pressurant tanks for actuation systems, hydraulic
systems, cold gas propulsion systems and blow-down systems.
These systems are qualified to EWR - 127-1 and AIAA S081 and have
flight heritage on a number of platforms.
Cobham's inconel lined oxygen tank was qualified for NASA
and has been used as part of a space environmental control life
support system. For more information on our space life support and
propulsion systems. For more information on our sapce life support
and propulsion systems, please see Space Life
Support and Propulsion Systems.