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Passive cryocooler for microsatellite payload
Author(s): Mayes Mullins; Paul J. Thomas; John W. Harron; Philip Duggan; Peter M. Sinclair; Shyam M. Khanna
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Paper Abstract

A passive cryocooler has been developed for the cooling of small payloads to temperatures as low as 145 K. Although designed for a specific electronics experiment on the STRV-1d microsatellite, the device is suitable for a wide range of applications. The cryocooler uses coated surfaces for tailored radiative cooling. Mechanical support between components is provided by fiberglass struts. The measured end temperature reached is 151 K in a liquid nitrogen dewar which extrapolates to an end temperature of lower than 145 K in space. Thermal vacuum testing and random vibration testing at levels consistent with an Ariane 5 launch have been performed as part of formal qualification for the STRV mission. In this paper, details of the design, analysis, fabrication and testing of the passive cryocooler are presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 November 1998
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 3437, Infrared Spaceborne Remote Sensing VI, (18 November 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.331319
Show Author Affiliations
Mayes Mullins, Mayes Mullins Enterprises Ltd. (Canada)
Paul J. Thomas, Institute for Space and Terrestrial Science (Canada)
John W. Harron, Ctr. for Research in Earth and Space Technology (Canada)
Philip Duggan, Ctr. for Research in Earth and Space Technology (Canada)
Peter M. Sinclair, Ctr. for Research in Earth and Space Technology (Canada)
Shyam M. Khanna, Defence Research Establishment Ottawa (Canada)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3437:
Infrared Spaceborne Remote Sensing VI
Marija Strojnik; Bjorn F. Andresen, Editor(s)

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