STENTOR CPL: Ground Test and Modelling Results 2000-01-2454
Necessity of thermal control of dissipative units located on the earth panel and thermally linked to the North and South radiators of a telecommunication satellite has been identified since many years ago. The thermal control of TV SAT TDF platforms was defined using this concept, but necessitated a complex heat pipe networks with on-ground test constraints. The emergence of the capillary-pumped two-phase loop authorises to perform the same function using one item with virtually no on-ground test constraints. Since 1995, Alcatel Space Cannes (formerly Aerospatiale Cannes), sponsored by CNES, have developed a STENTOR (“Satellite de Télécommunication pour l'Expérimentation de Nouvelles Technologies en Orbite”) 1000 W CPL. The ground qualification has been completed in 1999 and the flight qualification is planned late 2000 (launch of STENTOR satellite).