Thermacore delivers heat pipes, structural components to NASA

  • 19-Jun-2011 09:53 EDT

NASA's Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) program seeks to measure the distribution, amount, rates, and the associated heat release or precipitation throughout the world. The most practical way to obtain useful regional and global scale precipitation measurements is from the vantage point of a space-based remote sensing instrument like a satellite.

Thermacore recently delivered Constant Conductance Heat Pipes (CCHPs) to NASA in support of its Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) mission, as well as high thermally conductive k-Core structural components for the agency's Thermal Infrared Sensor (TIRS) program supporting the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM). Thermacore designed and fabricated the CCHPs to meet NASA's rigorous thermal performance, quality, and reliability standards. CCHPs from Thermacore provide effective heat transfer (hundreds of watts) over long distances (up to 3 m or more). The high-conductance k-Core based structural components used on the LDCM TIRS instrument include a mount for a cryocooler, a thermal doubler in a radiator, and a thermally conductive link connecting a telescope enclosure to a radiator.

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