Spacecraft Thermal Environment Near Earth

Paper #:
  • 951747

Published:
  • 1995-07-01
Citation:
Costello, F. and Costello, C., "Spacecraft Thermal Environment Near Earth," SAE Technical Paper 951747, 1995, https://doi.org/10.4271/951747.
Pages:
11
Abstract:
To provide spacecraft thermal design engineers with the data needed to define the earth albedo and emission, we have analyzed data from the Earth Radiation Balance Experiment (ERBE) over a period of 36 months, covering orbital inclinations of 57 and 99 degrees. Design values of the albedo and earth emission can be obtained from this data directly; however, we present an earth-map (zonal) method for computing design values for any orbital parameters. In addition, the zonal method permits less pessimistic assumptions to be made in a proof-of-design simulation.
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