Self Deploying Nitinol LHP Radiator for Small Spacecraft

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX09CD65P
Agency Tracking Number: 084291
Amount: $99,937.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: S3.02
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Thermacore, Inc.
780 Eden Road, Lancaster, PA, 17601-4275
DUNS: 055625685
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Alfred Phillips
 Principal Investigator
 (717) 519-3137
Business Contact
 Nelson Gernert
Title: V.P. Engineering & Technology
Phone: (717) 519-5819
Research Institution
Loop heat pipes are commonly used for heat rejection radiators above a few hundred watts. The LHP condener tubing is embedded in composite panels which are manually deployed. By making the LHP condenser tubing out of shape memory alloy tubing, the radiator becomes self deploying and self contained. It will passively deploy when the payload components begin producing significant heat. This not only eliminates the deployment mechanisms and controls, but also provides more flexible stowing arrangement for the radiators. Very small satellites and spacecraft can now have deployable radiators.

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