Session

Technical Session 7: Advanced Technologies I

Location

Utah State University, Logan, UT

Abstract

The Thermal Control System (TCS) for small satellites is notoriously challenging because traditional thermal design practices, hardware, and testing, when compressed, may not produce the same performance outcome. Emerging technologies for thermal software and hardware are already available in the small satellite sector and more are quickly being developed. This paper will discuss the inherent challenges in designing thermal systems for small satellites, the advancements being made in thermal modeling, recent advances in thermal hardware, and emerging thermal control innovations. Technologies include specific small satellite applications for: thermal interface materials, thermal isolators, heat straps, heat pipes, wedge locks, graphite cores, deployable radiators, phase change materials, louvers, cryocoolers, and sunshades. With more exposure to these new technologies, small satellite designs will be able to sustain more thermally demanding missions on orbit.

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Aug 10th, 12:00 PM

Advanced Concepts for Small Satellite Thermal Control

Utah State University, Logan, UT

The Thermal Control System (TCS) for small satellites is notoriously challenging because traditional thermal design practices, hardware, and testing, when compressed, may not produce the same performance outcome. Emerging technologies for thermal software and hardware are already available in the small satellite sector and more are quickly being developed. This paper will discuss the inherent challenges in designing thermal systems for small satellites, the advancements being made in thermal modeling, recent advances in thermal hardware, and emerging thermal control innovations. Technologies include specific small satellite applications for: thermal interface materials, thermal isolators, heat straps, heat pipes, wedge locks, graphite cores, deployable radiators, phase change materials, louvers, cryocoolers, and sunshades. With more exposure to these new technologies, small satellite designs will be able to sustain more thermally demanding missions on orbit.