G.R.A.C.E. satellite thermal model
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I developed a thermal model of the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment satellite for the Center for Space Research to use in verifying their thermal models and for developing the next generation of satellites for their experiments. I chose COMSOL to model the satellite and used ProEngineer and 3Ds Max to generate the mesh from a .STEP file provided by DaimlerChrysler. I adjusted the model based on previous computer models and actual telemetry data from the GRACE satellite provided from 2002 through 2008. Using the model, I developed a sensitivity analysis of the satellites key thermal environment components and used that to recommend design changed for the next generation of satellites. Special attention should be given to redesigning the Star Camera Arrays and the heat transfer between the Main Equipment Platform and the Radiator.