Spacecraft thermal control
This important part of ESA is at the leading edge of research into every aspect of spacecraft thermal control.
Cryogenics is now recognised as a highly important mission enabling technology, allowing space missions (e.g. Earth observation and deep space observation satellites) to be more effective.
Heat Pipes – highly efficient heat transport elements – have found widespread applications on today’s spacecraft. Capillary and mechanically pumped fluid loops are under development for tomorrow’s spacecraft.
Thermal Protection Systems and Hot Structures represent essential key technologies for any spacecraft vehicle re-entering into Earths' atmosphere as well as for any exploration mission entering into atmospheres of other planets.
Thermal analysis software tools and methodologies are being used in virtually all space missions to support design and verification activities. The Agency plays a key role in coordinating related activities at a European level.
Last update: 28 March 2007