Lockheed-Martin has contracted Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies to develop a hydrogen and oxygen fuel storage module for a regenerative power supply system for space exploration.
Meeting the requirements of the contract will likely advance Quantum’s current technology for hydrogen vehicle commercialization, according to Alan P. Niedzwiecki, President and CEO.
Utilizing its expertise in ultra-lightweight all-composite gaseous fuel storage, Quantum will develop a storage module with higher system weight efficiency than it has demonstrated in the past. Additionally, the storage system will be designed to withstand the extreme conditions experienced on lunar surfaces.
This program will push the boundaries of storage technologies and advance Quantum’s core technology.—Niedzwiecki
The first phase of the program is a one-year effort to design the hydrogen and oxygen tanks. Test tanks will be built to validate the design. Additional activities during the first year will be to design the storage module and test subscale tanks for leakage and permeation of the stored commodities.
Later phases of the program may follow. Activities for these phases would include full validation of the tank design, construction of deliverable tanks, and fabrication of a deliverable storage module, with the final tanks integrated.