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X-15 Research Vehicle Auxiliary Power System
ISSN: 0148-7191, e-ISSN: 2688-3627
Published February 01, 1965 by SAE International in United States
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The auxiliary power system of the X-15 airplane represents a uniqueness in its application. It must operate continuously in flight, in a space environment, during zero gravity, during reentry heating, and for a period of time which often exceeds the X-15 rocket engine operation by 1400 sec. The X-15 auxiliary power system must provide both hydraulic and closely regulated 400-cycle electrical power for operation of various X-15 systems. This paper describes the system, its functions, and its major components. A brief introduction to an X-15 research mission is included to illustrate the integration requirements of the auxiliary power system to the X-15 and the research system.
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CitationLouie, H., "X-15 Research Vehicle Auxiliary Power System," SAE Technical Paper 650829, 1965, https://doi.org/10.4271/650829.
- Taylor R. E., “Investigation of the X-15 Research Vehicle Auxiliary Power Unit Pinion Gear Wear and Failure Problem,” Air Force Flight Test Center, Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., Technical Documentary Report No. 64-4, October 1964.