Case study from the CDE Marketplace: An innovative compressor design to improve infrared imaging performance
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“As an example application of a highly efficient, unique and versatile conical rotary compressor design, Edinburgh-based VERT Rotors received Centre for Defence Enterprise (CDE) funding to develop a prototype system that could significantly improve the quality and resolution of infrared imaging in small surveillance satellites.”
In small imaging systems vibration isn’t desirable, but it is an inherent feature of current, state-of-the-art cryocoolers based on piston compressors. VERT Rotor’s miniature low-vibration cooling system is based on their conical rotary compressor technology. It can cool infrared image sensors on small satellites with very little vibration, thus eliminating this problem.
VERT Rotors has already started another project to upgrade their rotary cryocooling system for space simulation testing. In the future this could offer a step-change innovation for a future British space-surveillance capability.