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Heat Pipe Technology: Volume 2. Materials and Applications

ISBN Print: 0-8493-9922-X

IN ORBIT PERFORMANCE OF THE TV-SAT/TDF-1 HEAT PIPE SYSTEM

Abstract

The paper describes the large heat pipe system developed for a new generation of direct broadcasting satellites of the TV-SAT/TDF family. The system consists of 88 axial grooved heat pipes of the aluminium/ammonia type. After summarizing the design and development phases, in-orbit data of 3 satellites are being reviewed and compared in detail. The paper concludes with the discussion of the "Lessons Learnt" aspect of the program.
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