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Enhancing Satellite Resilience: The Practical Significance of Thermal Vacuum Bakeouts for MLI in Satellite Missions

By |2024-02-14T09:22:29+01:0014. February 2024|Space|

Operating in the challenging environment of space, satellites contend with extreme temperature fluctuations, radiation exposure, and the vacuum of the cosmos. Essential for fortifying these satellites against such harsh conditions and ensuring their longevity, Multi-Layer Insulation (MLI) emerges as a key protective measure. This thermal insulation method, comprised of reflective foil layers separated by low-conductance spacer materials, plays a pivotal role in regulating temperature and maintaining the resilience of satellites in the unpredictable realm of [...]

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Outgassing of materials in vacuum

By |2024-01-30T08:06:36+01:0030. January 2024|Space|

Outgassing of materials in vacuum is often treated neglectfully. Typically, only one side of the equation is considered, such as the loss of oil in a bearing. However, the potentially fatal consequences of oil resublimation onto an optical instrument may be ignored. - There is no one in space to wipe down a lens that has a hazy film of oil on it. As a rule of thumb, warm surfaces are more likely to outgas [...]

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