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Date & Time
Date(s) - 30/09/2021

Contact person
May Kerstens

Future of Small Satellite Thermal Control

The observed increase in power density of small satellites means that dedicated thermal control becomes vital in order to continue the development of high-performance small-satellite missions.
ISISPACE and NLR have identified this need and have come up with solutions for CubeSat thermal control. A mini-mechanically pumped loop developed by Royal NLR provides a reliable solution for dissipating the heat produced by the satellite’s electronics. NLR developed a modular modelling application in the space thermal analysis tool ESATAN-TMS that demonstrates how this mini pump can be an effective solution. In addition, together with ISISPACE a modular approach to CubeSat thermal modelling was successfully researched and created to allow for rapid thermal modelling of small satellites with validated submodels.