Design of thermal model and implementation of thermal solutions for nano satellite

Hemant Ganti, Anirudh P. Kailaje, Aniketh Ajay Kumar, Akash Paliya, Arnav Saikia, Rohan Sonkusare, Atharva Tikle

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The paper describes in detail the thermal model of a 2U class nano-satellite, which takes into account the design parameters including major thermal loads, heat sinks and the thermal properties of the various materials used in the satellite. Thermal model is subjected to various test scenarios varying with respect to orbit parameters which changes heat flux on panels. The current paper aims to demonstrate the thermal aspects of this under-graduate student team-built satellite which include the design of thermal protection for the satellite on the basis of thermal simulations. Only passive thermal control is used as Nano satellite design considerations severely limit the power, mass and volume margins thereby rendering active thermal control non sustainable within a small satellite system. Passive hermal control is attempted through paints and tapes of suitable thermo-optical properties. Heat sinks are discussed in the form of inter-PCB spacers, providing thermal path to the primary structure which radiates to space.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2017 IEEE Aerospace Conference
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
ISBN (Electronic)9781509016136
Publication statusPublished - 07-06-2017
Externally publishedYes
Event2017 IEEE Aerospace Conference, AERO 2017 - Big Sky, United States
Duration: 04-03-201711-03-2017


Conference2017 IEEE Aerospace Conference, AERO 2017
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityBig Sky

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Space and Planetary Science


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