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The NASA Parker Solar Probe spacecraft, built by the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab will fly through the outermost part of the Sun s atmosphere taking in situ measurements and imaging to improve our understanding of the corona and the solar wind. The Thermal Protection System (TPS), a 4.5-inch thick carbon-composite heat shield, limits heat transfer to the spacecraft during its flight through the Sun s atmosphere, and casts a shadow which protects the spacecraft and its instruments from the harsh thermal enviro ...
Published by: Proceedings of the International Astronautical Congress, IAC Published on:
Ability testing; Carbon carbon composites; Correlation methods; Heat shielding; Heat transfer; NASA; Orbits; Probes; Software testing; Structural properties; Temperature; Test facilities; Thermoanalysis; Thermocouples; Uncertainty analysis; Parker Engineering
Spacecraft level vibration testing exposes the as-built spacecraft, in its flight configuration, to the low frequency (<100 Hz) dynamic environment experienced during launch with the primary objective of verifying structural integrity and system performance. This test requires as flight-like of a configuration as possible and is therefore typically one of the last tests performed in the spacecraft verification program. At this level of integration (spacecraft), failures pose a much greater risk to the program than at lower l ...
Published by: 30th Space Simulation Conference: Mission Success Through Testing of Critical Challenges Published on: