System for the control of various gases for a rocket launch pad: Case Study
This project dictated a compact design providing high flow dynamics and close and accurate control of the three main gases used for launching of a multi-stage rocket. The individual gases lines for nitrogen, helium and air, (which are needed for blanketing, propulsion, and command functions respectively) are each supplied from a 400 Bar (6000 PSI) source through a series of distribution units to the main regulation and control stations.
The control of each supply line – 30 in total – is afforded by stop valves, electro-pneumatic stop valves, regulators, and check valves. To meet with the overall space envelope of the installation, the cartridge valve system was chosen over conventional valves.