ATI's Spacecraft Thermal Control course
This is a fast paced two-day course for system
engineers and managers with an interest in
improving their understanding of spacecraft
thermal design. All phases of thermal design
analysis are covered in enough depth to give a
deeper understanding of the design process and
of the materials used in thermal design. Program
managers and systems engineers will also
benefit from the bigger picture information and
The goal is to have the student come away
from this course with an understanding of how
analysis, design, thermal devices, thermal
testing and the interactions of thermal design
with the overall system design fit into the overall
picture of satellite design. Case studies and
lessons learned illustrate the importance of
thermal design and the current state of the art.
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Carl J. Ercol (Jack) is a member of the Principal Professional
Staff at The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) and is also a
non-NASA member of the NESC Passive Thermal Control Technical Discipline Team.
He is the supervisor of the Thermal Design and Analysis section in the space
department’s Mechanical Systems group. Jack received a BSME from the University of
Pittsburgh at Johnstown in 1982 and an MSME from the University of Maryland in 1985
where his graduate study was in energy conversion and thermodynamics. He has
worked at APL since August, 1991, serving as the lead thermal control engineer for the
Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous (NEAR-Shoemaker) spacecraft, MESSENGER, the
first spacecraft to orbit the planet Mercury, and the Pluto bound New Horizons
spacecraft. He is currently the leading spacecraft thermal control design and the Solar
Array Cooling System (SACS) efforts for the Solar Probe Plus (SPP) spacecraft that has
an orbit perihelion of 9.8 R s . Before working at APL, Mr. Ercol was employed at the
United States Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) were he began his career as a
spacecraft thermal control engineer.
Gary A. Holtzman (Allan) is a member of the Senior Professional Staff at The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), in the Thermal Design and Analysis section in the space department’s Mechanical Systems group. Allan received a BS in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 1994 and an MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Austin in 1998. He has worked at APL since June of 2010, serving as the lead thermal spacecraft engineer for the MESSENGER spacecraft during its extended mission in orbit about Mercury. He is currently leading the solar array thermal effort on the Europa spacecraft, and working on the solar array cooling system for the Solar Probe Plus (SPP) spacecraft. Before working at APL, he worked at Harris Corporation as a thermal engineer.
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What You Will Learn:
- How requirements are defined.
- Why thermal design cannot be purchased off
- How to test thermal systems.
- Basic conduction and radiation analysis.
- Overall thermal analysis methods.
- Computer calculations for thermal design.
- How to choose thermal control surfaces.
- When to use active devices.
- How the thermal system interacts with other
- How to apply thermal devices.
- The Role of Thermal Control. Requirements, Constraints,
Regimes of thermal control.
- The basics of Thermal Analysis, conduction, radiation,
Energy balance, Numerical analysis, The solar spectrum.
- Overall Thermal Analysis. Orbital mechanics for thermal
engineers, Basic orbital energy balance.
- Model Building. How to choose the nodal structure, how to
calculate the conductors capacitors and Radfacs, Use of the computer.
- System Interactions. Power, Attitude and Thermal system
interactions, other system considerations.
- Thermal Control Surfaces. Availability, Factors in choosing, Stability, Environmental factors.
- Thermal control Devices. Heatpipes, MLI, Louvers, Heaters, Phase change devices, Radiators.
- Thermal Design Procedure. Basic design procedure,
Choosing radiator locations, When to use heat pipes, When to
use louvers, Where to use MLI, When to use Phase change,
When to use heaters.
- Thermal Testing. Thermal requirements, basic analysis
techniques, the thermal design process, thermal control
materials and devices, and thermal vacuum testing.
- Case Studies. The key topics and tradeoffs are illustrated by case studies for actual spacecraft and satellite thermal designs. Systems engineering implications.
The for this two-day course is $1390 per person at one of our scheduled public courses. Onsite pricing is available. Please call us at 410-956-8805 or send an email to email@example.com.