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Passive thermal control of the NGST
Author(s): Charles M. Perrygo; Michael Choi; Keith Alan Parrish; R. Greg Schunk; Diane Stanley; Eve M. Wooldridge
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Paper Abstract

Preliminary studies of passively cooling the NGST utilizing a lightweight deployable subshield are described. The NGST mission concept of a passively-cooled large-aperture optical telescope is unique from any other mission flown to date. We show that achieving operational temperatures of less than 50 K appears feasible by passive cooling alone through a combination of (i) operating the observatory far from the Earth so that the Sun becomes the only significant source of environmental heating, (ii) selecting an observatory configuration that isolates all significant heat dissipation from the cold telescope, and (iii) employing a high performance sunshield to attenuate the incident solar radiation. The observatory configuration consists of the sunshield with cold telescope and instrument elements on the anti-sun side, and warm spacecraft avionics and propulsion elements on the sun-side of the sunshield. A sunshield thermal configuration trade study, preliminary telescope thermal analyses, and a mechanical concept for a lightweight deployable sunshield are presented. Also discussed are the remaining issues to be addressed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 August 1998
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 3356, Space Telescopes and Instruments V, (28 August 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.324510
Show Author Affiliations
Charles M. Perrygo, Swales Aerospace, Inc. (United States)
Michael Choi, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Keith Alan Parrish, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
R. Greg Schunk, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Diane Stanley, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Eve M. Wooldridge, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3356:
Space Telescopes and Instruments V
Pierre Y. Bely; James B. Breckinridge, Editor(s)

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