Thermal Control for Operationally Responsive Space (ORS) Satellites

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$99,943.00
Award Year:
2011
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA9453-11-M-0038
Agency Tracking Number:
F103-107-1454
Solicitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF103-107
Solicitation Number:
2010.3
Small Business Information
LoadPath, LLC
5555 Zuni Road SE, Suitte 20-342, Albuquerque, NM, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
830487414
Principal Investigator:
Derek Hengeveld
Senior Engineer
(605) 690-1612
dhengeveld@loadpath.com
Business Contact:
Gregory Sanford
Principal Engineer
(505) 270-1915
gsanford@loadpath.com
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
The objective is to provide a robust thermal control subsystem (TCS) design focused on overcoming the unique challenges of Responsive Space (RS). The proposed TCS design will be based on state-of-the-art technologies including: variable emissivity devices, variable heat transfer layers, and advanced insulating materials to name a few. Technologies such as these have recently been the subject of significant DoD investment as a response to the RS charge. However, the literature has shown that little work has been done to evaluate how they might be integrated in a combined system. This work will identify enabling TCS technologies, evaluate their current performance, and provide a synthesized TCS specifically designed to overcome RS challenges. The overall performance and capabilities of the resulting TCS design will be fully evaluated and described. BENEFIT: This research and development effort provides a direct response to the unique thermal challenges of Responsive Space. Specifically, a modular and reconfigurable thermal control subsystem design will be developed and evaluated based on state-of-the-art technologies. This unique approach has the potential to significantly reduce design, development, and integration costs.

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