Gene-Sat Thermal Control System
The purpose of the thermal control system is to hold organisms at a non-damaging temperature prior to experiment initiation and provide precisely controlled temperature throughout the experiment.
- Insulation and a conditioned silo environment during the pre-initiation maintain the organisms at stasis survival temperatures(2°C 40°C).
- Double-sided on-card heating provide precise control (34°C ±0.5 °C) during the experiment.
- Kapton resistance heaters provide 4W of peak power taking an average of 1.25W to regulate temperature on orbit.
- MLI blankets radiatively isolate the enclosure from the satellite and Ultem mounts are used to limit conduction losses.
Multipoint measurements confirm temperature uniformity from well-to-well.