Patent Number: 6,332,591

Title: Method of simulating external thermal fluxes absorbed by external radiatingcomponents of a spacecraft in flight, and spacecraft for implementing themethod

Abstract: During a thermal equilibrium test, the heating of components of aspacecraft such as a satellite by albedo, terrestrial infrared and solarthermal fluxes is simulated by placing the craft directly in a vacuumchamber whose walls are cooled to a low temperature to represent the spaceenvironment. The simulation is effected by heating devices integratedbetween the panels forming the external structure of the spacecraft andexternal radiating components opposite the equipment units which dissipateheat. The heating devices, which are preferably electrical devices, remainin place on the spacecraft in flight.

Inventors: Arbusti; Francis (Cannes la Bocca, FR)


International Classification: B64G 1/46 (20060101); B64G 1/50 (20060101); B64G 7/00 (20060101); B64G 007/00 ()

Expiration Date: 12/25/2014