In line with growing trend of moving to HOT detectors, more than 8,250 Ricor’s SWaP-C Cryocoolers were successfully delivered to our customers for various projects in recent years. During this period, we launched R&D improvement programs to bring more capabilities from the current models.
In recent years, the trend of moving IR detectors to operate from standard 77K to the High Operating Temperature (HOT) of 150K, drives RICOR’s onward development focusing on SWaP-C, a new family of miniature cryocoolers, alongside continuing to make improvements to existing cryocooler models.
The modern needs of the electro optical market for small low-power and light-weight IR systems are impelling development of High Operating Temperature (HOT) IR detectors, requiring dedicated cryocoolers design.
The growing demand for EO applications that work around the clock 24hr/7days a week, such as in border surveillance systems, emphasizes the need for a highly reliable cryocooler having increased operational availability and optimized system’s Integrated Logistic Support (ILS). In order to meet this need, RICOR developed linear and rotary cryocoolers which achieved successfully this goal.
The modern needs of the electro-optical market for small low-power and light-weight IR systems are impelling research and development of High Operating Temperature (HOT) IR detectors, requiring development of dedicated “HOT” cryocoolers.
Sergey Riabzev, Ilan Nachman, Eli Levin, Adam Perach, Igor Vainshtein and Dan Gover RICOR Cryogenic & Vacuum Systems (Israel) ABSTRACT The K527 linear cooler was developed in order to meet the requirements of reliability, cooling power needs and versatility for a wide range of applications such as hand held, 24/7 and MWS. During the recent
Cryogenic refrigerators represent a significant enabling technology for Earth and Space science enterprises. Many of the space instruments require cryogenic refrigeration to enable the use of advanced detectors to explore a wide range of phenomena from space.
Early rotary cryocoolers were designed for the lifetime of a few thousands operating hours. Ricor K506 model’s life expectancy was only 5,000 hours, then the next generation K508 model was designed to achieve 10,000 operating hours in basic conditions, while the modern K508N was designed for 20,000 operating hours.
The world growth in research and development of High Operating Temperature (HOT) IR detectors impels the development and optimization of suitable cryocoolers. The current developments at RICOR, which include three different cryocooler models and two new controllers, are focused on the – oriented design process, meaning small Size, low Weight, low Power consumption, improved performance and lower production cost, providing proper cryocoolers for future hand held thermal imagers.
The growth in world demand for infrared missile warning systems (MWS) has impelled the development of new technologies, in particular, special ruggedized cryogenic coolers.