Thermal Control for Operationally Responsive Space (ORS) Satellites

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9453-11-M-0039
Agency Tracking Number: F103-107-1884
Amount: $99,183.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: AF103-107
Solicitation Number: 2010.3
Small Business Information
Thermacore, Inc.
780 Eden Road, Lancaster, PA, -
DUNS: 055625685
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 John Thayer
 Engineering Group Leader, Aerospace
 (717) 519-3136
Business Contact
 Gregg Baldassarre
Title: VP Sales&Marketing
Phone: (717) 519-5814
Research Institution
Three tiered Thermal Bus System isothermalizes the satellite, allowing payload components to be mated in arbitrary locations without requiring detailed thermal analysis. The first tier is pyrolytic graphite embedded in aluminum panels (kCore) to provide local spreading. The second tier consists of embedded heat pipes to isothermalize each panel. These heat pipes also interface with third tier which consists of loop heat pipes to provide interpanel isothermalizing and transport heat to deployable radiator. Heat transport in this sytem is passive, with active thermal control. BENEFIT: The proposed system meets the objectives of the solicitation, and is applicable to any spacecraft bus.

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