NASA Spacecraft Thermal Control
Exotech Inc., General Electric, TRW Systems, Jet Propulsion Laboratgory, Hughes Aircraft, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA Langley Research Center, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, and NASA Ames Research Center
Spacecraft have an array of components which can operate reliably only in a hospitable thermal environment. The thermal control system is designed to provide a favorable environment for operation of scientific instruments and other equipment vital to the mission by limiting temperature variations to within specified design limits. Thus thermal control is a system function that involves many factors.
This NASA handbook provides guidance for assessment and control of spacecraft temperatures. It covers the many ways engineers can control temperatures in a hostile and changing environment.
The text includes considerable mathematical formulae and equations, all necessary for calculating thermal factors. There are also abundant graphs and illustrations that make each concept clear.
Without doubt, this book represents advanced NASA concepts and design practices that will be of value and interest also to designers of racing cars, boats, and high-speed aircraft. "Amateur" experimental rocketeers will also find much useful material and data.
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The thermal model
The orbital external thermal environment
Insight into temperature control methods
Exposure to external environment
Thermal control techniques
Insulation from external environment
Passive thermal control
Thermal coating materials
Active thermal control techniques
Phase change materials
Flight and design experience
Heater-pump-radiator (HPR) fluid systems
Spaceborne cooling systems
Thermal balance testing
Thermal vacuum testing
Definition of requirements
Identification of worst case environments
Specification of component temperature limits
Assessment of spacecraft requirements
Selection of thermal control techniques
Selection of materials
Sample illustrations shown at reduced size and resolution
Printed directly from a NASA digital document file, with a high-resolution laser printer on high-quality, bright-white, acid-free paper and quality bound for years of reference use. 50 pages, large and easy-to-read 11" x 8-1/2" size. $14.95