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Thermal Management Systems


Focus Area 17: Thermal Management Systems


Participating MD(s): SMD


From the smallest satellite to the most complicated human rated spacecraft, thermal is seen as an enabling function to a vehicle. Temperatures must be maintained within design limits, whether those be cryogenic systems for science instruments, or comfortable shirt sleeve operations temperatures for crew missions. As missions evolve and waste energy rejection becomes more of a demand, NASA seeks components for both active and passive thermal systems. Such components complete the thermal cycle which includes waste energy acquisition, transport, rejection/storage, and insulation. The ultimate goal for any thermal control hardware is to minimize mass, volume, and power while maintaining the aforementioned temperature limits on a spacecraft.

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