Satellite Modular and Reconfigurable Thermal System - SMARTS
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
To achieve the Operationally Responsive Space (ORS) goal of a "six-day" satellite, the traditional flight thermal design paradigm must be fundamentally changed. A drastically simpler paradigm must emerge that uses elemental (COTS-like) thermal control modules that can be rapidly and reliably linked to enable a wide range of missions irrespective of the satellite and the orbital environment. This proposal describes a generalized thermal control architecture consistent with smallsats that need to be conceived, configured, launched, and brought on-line very quickly. Our proposed architecture is called the Satellite Modular And Reconfigurable Thermal System (SMARTS). The Phase I effort will assess the requirements, select component options and develop an analytical methodology for evaluating thermal elements are preferred for different missions. Non-functional subscale models of SMARTS will be built and their rapid configurability demonstrated in Phase I.
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