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Mars Science Laboratory Launch Pad Thermal Control

By Pradeep Bhandari, Brenda Dudik, David Bame and Gajanana Birur


This paper will describe the challenges faced in accommodating the warm Multi Mission Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generator (MMRTG) during the pre-launch phases of integration, launch pad operations as well as during launch. Predictions of temperatures during these phases will be presented when all the cooling systems (HRS and A/C) are operational. In-air tests conducted on the spacecraft in December 2008 to simulate the launch conditions were very successful and showed that all components would be within their allowable limits during these phases. Results of these tests will be shared in this paper

Topics: Spacecraft Design, Testing and Performance
Year: 2011
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