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Spacecraft Thermal Control Handbook: Fundamental Technologies: 1 [Hardcover]

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15 Dec 2002
This practical handbook provides the reader with enough background and specific information to begin conducting thermal analysis and to participate in the thermal design of spacecraft systems.

The book is a revised and updated edition of Satellite Thermal Control Handbook, published in 1994. The name change reflects the expanded scope of this work, which now includes thermal environments and design techniques for interplanetary spacecraft, in addition to the Earth-orbiting satellites that were the focus of the original handbook. The reader will now find an updated characterization of the thermal environment in Earth orbit, new material documenting the environments of interplanetary missions, more detailed information about each of the thermal control hardware elements found in the first edition, and presentation of some newer technologies such as heat switches and precision temperature control techniques.

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  • Hardcover: 836 pages
  • Publisher: AIAA; 2nd Revised edition edition (15 Dec 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 188498911X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1884989117
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 16.3 x 5.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,301,565 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Good addition to a library 4 July 2012
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I bought this book to explore heat transfer in vacuum. However, it cover much wider subject and is very well written.
It is indeed very good addition to my library.
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5.0 out of 5 stars For the Professional Rocket Scientist 17 Dec 2005
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This book is essentially an update of the author's previous work, The Satellite Thermal Control Handbook, and is the collective writings of dozens of engineers who specialize in the design and analysis of spacecraft thermal control systems. While his first book focused on thermal control systems for unmanned Earth orbiting satellites, this new book expands on this information and includes interplanetary probes, the space shuttle and the most recent advances in thermal control system hardware.

Over my many years in the aerospace industry, I have designed numerous thermal control systems for various types of spacecraft, and I have used this book countless times, especially for its extremely detailed and useful information on Multi-Layer Insulation thermal blankets and aerogel. There are also some very helpful chapters on thermal testing, thermal environments and thermal contact information.

The only area that I found lacking sufficient detail was the sections on active thermal control systems (pumped fluids), such as those used on the international space station, all manned vehicles and on some space probes. This important spacecraft thermal control method is examined in two small chapters and the only manned system examined in the space shuttle orbiter. There are many more systems.

Finally, it should be noted that this book is highly technical and not geared towards the casual reader who is interested general spaceflight.
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