1997-07-01

Start-Up Behaviors in the CAPL 2 Flight Experiment 972328

The CAPL 2 Flight Experiment, flown on Space Shuttle STS-69 in 1995, was a flight demonstration of a full-scale prototype of a thermal control system planned for the Earth Observing System (EOS-AM) instruments Flight tests successfully demonstrated various CPL operations with simulated EOS-AM power profiles, including baseline and backup start-up procedures. In general, there were no significant differences in CPL performance between one-G and zero-G. However, some unusual behaviors were observed in several start-ups during the flight test. This paper describes CAPL 2 start-ups in detail, and offers explanations for the notably different zero-G behaviors.

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