Thermal Engineering



1. Preliminary thermal design

  • Requirements definition
  • Subsystem architecture trade-off
  • Technology assessment
  • Preliminary design of the system
  • Preliminary analysis
  • Coupon testing approach definition

2. Thermal Analysis

  • ESATAN, Thermica, Thermal Desktop
  • Geometric and Thermal Modeling
  • Orbital modelling
  • Complex physics & controls
  • Planetary thermal modelling
  • On-surface operations analysis

3. Detailed design and hardware selection

  • Detailed analysis cases definition through the mission lifetime
  • Detailed design of the system Hardware selection and specification
  • Detailed thermal analysis cases
  • Detailed sensitivity analysis to determine the uncertainty margin

4. Hardware procurement and development

  • Requirements specification
  • RFI, RFP and RFQ preparation
  • Supplier assessment
  • Thermal hardware supply chain from all over the World

5. Hardware characterization and QA

  • Thermal characterization tests
  • Performance and test reports
  • Compliance with ECSS and ESCC standards
  • PA/QA requirements scalability based on the customer needs

6. Thermal testing

  • Test plans and procedures
  • Test executions in internal and external facilities
  • Test preparation (including development of test adapters)
  • Data acquisition and post-processing
  • Evaluation of the results and reporting
  • Thermal model correlations


Available standards (e.g. ASTM, MIL): ECSS, ASTM, MIL

Project heritage: HP³ (InSight - DLR/NASA JPL), MASCOT (Hayabusa 2 lander - DLR/JAXA), PEASSS (EC FP7), MWIRFA Instrument (MetOp-SG2 – Sonaca SA/Airbus DS), JMC Monitoring Camera (JUICE - Micro-Cameras & Space Exploration), MEDIATA Telescope Thermal Control System (EO Telescope - Medialario)