Development of Modular Thermal Control Architecture for Modular Satellites

by Young, Quinn Eric

Abstract (Summary)
Research has been completed to determine the most effective thermal control architecture for modular satellites. This research investigated principles of modularity, modular spacecraft examples, thermal control methods, and advanced thermal control technologies. A modular spacecraft was designed as a case study to determine key influences and issues. A number of thermal control architectures were developed. Each was evaluated for compatibility with modularity principles, thermal control performance, and a realizable implementation. Thermal control performance was determined by simulating on-orbit conditions for a number of design reference missions, including traditional thermal control architecture used for comparison. An effective thermal control architecture was found that has all desired attributes. The methods of development, simulation, and evaluation are presented with results and key findings.
Bibliographical Information:


School:Utah State University

School Location:USA - Utah

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:architecture configurable modular satellite spacecraft thermal


Date of Publication:12/01/2008

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