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Swift BAT Instrument Thermal Control System Recovery after Spacecraft Safehold in August 2007 2008-01-2121

The Swift mission Burst Alert Telescope (BAT) Detector Array thermal control system includes two propylene loop heat pipes (LHPs), eight ammonia constant conductance heat pipes (CCHPs), a radiator that has AZ-Tek's AZW-LA-II low alpha white paint, and precision heater controllers that have adjustable set points in flight. The Power Converter Box (PCB) and Image Processor Electronics (IPE) boxes (a primary and a redundant) of the BAT have Z93P white paint radiators. Swift was successfully launched into orbit on November 20, 2004. The spacecraft (S/C) was placed into a safehold mode on August 10, 2007 after an anomaly on inertial reference unit (IRU) #3. It was returned to inertial pointing on August 16 and instrument power up followed. This paper presents a thermal assessment of the BAT instrument thermal control system (TCS) shut down and recovery as a result of the S/C safehold mode. The recovery required starting up the LHPs manually.


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