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USC Viterbi faculty design thermal 'skin' to maintain temperature of satellites

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Marc Leonard
Dec 12, 2017 15:14
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If a satellite's temperature is not maintained within its optimal range, its performance can suffer which could mean it could be harder to track wildfires or other natural disasters, your Google maps might not work and your Netflix binge might be interrupted.

This might be prevented with a new material recently developed by USC Viterbi School of Engineering engineers.

When satellites travel behind the Earth, the Earth can block the sun's rays from reaching the satellites---cooling them down.

Both solutions can deplete on-board power reserves.

Even with solar power, the output is limited.

Taking cues from humans who have a self-contained system to manage internal temperature through homeostasis, a team of researchers including Michelle L. Povinelli, a Professor in the Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, and USC Viterbi students Shao-Hua Wu and Mingkun Chen, along with Michael T. Barako, Vladan Jankovic, Philip W.C. Hon and Luke A. Sweatlock of Northrop Grumman, developed a new material to self-regulate the temperature of the satellite.

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