Thermal Analysis of Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera

Analysis, Test, Simulation, Optics, Thermal, Electronics, Commercial Aerospace

Challenge

Predict Thermal Behavior

Quartus was contracted by Malin Space Science Systems (MSSS) to perform thermal analysis for the NASA Lunar Orbiter Cameras (LROC). The narrow angle cameras, a vis/UV wide angle camera and an electronic sequence & compressor system were analyzed. Quartus received preliminary thermal models and flight predicts from MSSS.

Solution

Mature Thermal Model for Integration

MSSS models were updated to mature configurations using NASA’s preferred software. New flight simulations were run and a thermal vacuum test setup was modeled and evaluated to test for near lunar orbit conditions. Proactive support by experienced opto-mechanical thermal analysts combined with balance of direct and end customers’ needs resulted in customer success.

“…Quartus is enthusiastically tackling each problem as they occur and finding some of the errors from former analyses. … Overall, it was great to work with Quartus…” Charles Baker LROC Thermal Director, NASA GSFC

Engineering Disciplines

  • Optics
  • Aerospace

Software & Tools

  • SolidWorks™
  • Thermal Desktop™
  • RADCAD™
  • Sinda™

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Quartus Engineering specializes in system design & development, simulation & analysis, testing, prototyping and manufacturing of mechanical systems for a wide-range of industries and are experts in simulation-driven engineering. We are a complete engineering solution provider from concept, prototype through low volume or complex production. We design for manufacturability and transition to high volumes with ease with Quartus as your guide. Quartus has depth and broad range of industry and product experience that includes: Civil/Space, Defense, Aircraft/Transportation, Consumer Products, Optics & Photonics and Medical/Life Science. Quartus is focused on game changing applications like remote sensing, metrology, thermal, LiDAR, use of novel materials and other innovative technologies and measurement approaches that span multiple industries and are faced with extreme environments and other complex engineering challenges.

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