Spacecraft thermal management is critical for ensuring mission success, as it affects the performance and longevity of onboard systems. A comprehensive overview of the state of the art in spacecraft thermal control solutions, as well as a design methodology framework for efficient and effective thermal management, is provided. Various thermal control solutions, including coatings, insulation, heat pipes, phase-change materials, conductive materials, thermal devices, actively pumped fluid loops, and radiators, are discussed along with the primary sources of heat loading in space. The need for accurate modeling and analysis of the thermal environment to identify appropriate thermal control solutions and design pathways is highlighted. Future innovations in thermal management, such as new materials and technologies that have the potential to further improve the efficiency and effectiveness of thermal control solutions for spacecraft, are explored.
Advances in Heat Transfer
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Boetcher, S. K., & Consolo, R. C. (2023). Advances in Spacecraft Thermal Control. Advances in Heat Transfer, (). https://doi.org/10.1016/bs.aiht.2023.04.001