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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.

Gene-Sat Thermal Control System