Masters Theses


"In the year 2002, the University of Missouri-Rolla initiated a student satellite project. This project, MR SAT (Missouri-Rolla SATellite), aims to develop and place into orbit two satellites connected by a tethered link.

One of the important mission objectives of the project is to control the satellite temperatures using passive thermal control methods. Use of an active thermal control system consumes power and adds mass to the satellite. Thus, it is important to maintain small variations in temperatures using passive thermal control techniques.

This report describes the process of MR SAT's thermal model development using IDEAS/TMG software. Estimated spacecraft operating temperatures have been determined. Passive thermal control techniques are used for the analysis. Control methods were applied to ensure the thermal safety of the satellites over a large temperature range. The satellites were initially analyzed using the lumped code technique for a better understanding of the IDEAS/TMG results. Results presented that simulate the satellite for the worst-case temperature scenarios are in agreement with the allowable working temperature ranges of the respective subsystems"--Abstract, page iii.


Pernicka, Hank

Committee Member(s)

Tsai, Hai-Lung
Schonberg, William P.


Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Degree Name

M.S. in Mechanical Engineering


University of Missouri--Rolla

Publication Date

Spring 2004


ix, 95 pages

Note about bibliography

Includes bibliographical references (page 94).


© 2004 Shriram Vasant Bapat, All rights reserved.

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Subject Headings

Artificial satellites -- Control systems
Thermal analysis

Thesis Number

T 8489

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