Thermal Control Spacecraft Panel

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9453-10-M-0131
Agency Tracking Number: F093-074-2019
Amount: $99,896.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: AF093-074
Solicitation Number: 2009.3
Small Business Information
Thermacore, Inc.
780 Eden Road, Lancaster, PA, 17601
DUNS: 055625685
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Mark Montesano
 Vice President of Engineering
 (631) 285-6580
 monte@k-technology.com
Business Contact
 Adam Rosen
Title: General Mgr./Senior Vice President
Phone: (215) 375-3035
Email: a.rosen@k-technology.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The thermal environment for satellites operating in low Earth orbit varies significantly through the course of a single orbit and throughout its lifetime as the beta angle varies over time. In addition, the operation of many satellite payloads in LEO is highly transient. The combination of environmental extremes and payload duty cycle frequently results in time varying thermal distortions, which can result in degraded performance or complete mission failure in the worst case. k Technology proposes a technology development of a material panel concept combining two innovative technologies: encapsulated annealed pyrolytic (APG); and a thermally enhanced phase change material (TEPCM). Aluminum encapsulated APG is a composite material with five times the conductivity of aluminum. The thermally enhanced TEPCM is an innovative PCM composite using APG platelets as the reinforcement phase. The combination of these two technologies will enable both the thermal management of the steady state heat load conditions as well as the transient peak loads as defined above. This thermally stable panel design for highly transient spacecraft payloads will permit the reliable operation of radar and similar space systems in the challenging space environment. BENEFIT: The high conductance and temperature leveling capability of the material to be demonstrated under this program would have immediate applications in AF systems, as well as other military, NASA, and commercial uses. Key potential post application relies heavily on the successful verification and certification of the proposed materials’ performance. With increasing acceptance, the technology will be attractive to automotive and power supply manufactures. Enabling technologies will allow the increase of production and the realization of the economies of scale. At this level, one can only estimate the potential impact on the personal computer and other high volume heat sensitive products.

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