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SMALL SPACECRAFT STRUCTURES

TMT started out in spacecraft hardware and systems. Emerging from working with leading engineering companies, TMT personnel have over 20 years of experience working with products intended to go into space.

You put a lot into your high performance missions, give your components the environment they deserve.

Standard Passive Orbital Thermal-control (SPOT) Structures

Small spacecraft are more valuable and more capable as government and commercial missions push high-tech missions with smaller budgets and shorter schedules.

TMT adapted its multifunctional, heat spreading structure technology and scaled it to smaller satellite configurations. Imagine having a structure that supports your equipment during the rigors of launch and smooths out the temperature extremes in the environment of space. SPOT facilitates use of available satellite area and thermal capacitance.

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SPOT structures come in four standard configurations:

  • 6U

  • 12U

  • Launch U

  • ESPA

For custom configurations, please contact TMT to discuss the specifics of your project.

Standard Configurations

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6U

  • Deployer Interface - PSC 6U Tab

  • Mount for PSC Electrical Connector and 3 microswitches

  • Removable cover for access

  • Hardware interface: 5 cm x 5 cm grid; #4-40 fasteners

  • Shelf: horizontal, vertical, or none

  • Mass: structure 1.9 kg; max. 6U total 12 kg

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12U

  • Deployer Interface – PSC 12U Tab

  • Mount for PSC Electrical Connector and 3 microswitches

  • Removable cover for access

  • Hardware interface: 5 cm x 5 cm grid; #4-40 fasteners

  • Shelf: horizontal, vertical, or none

  • Mass: structure 3.2 kg; max. 12U total 24 kg

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LAUNCH U

  • Deployer Interface – 11.7 in MLB (PSC) (or other)

    • Launch U specifications (Aerospace Corp.)

  • 2 removable covers for access

  • Hardware interface: 5 cm x 5 cm grid; #4-40
    fasteners

  • Shelf: horizontal, vertical, or none

  • Mass: structure 9.8 kg; max. LU total 80 kg

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ESPA

  • Deployer Interface – 15. in. MLB (PSC) (or other)

    • ESPA specifications

  • 2 removable covers for access

  • Hardware interface: 5 cm x 5 cm grid; #8-32
    fasteners

  • Shelf: horizontal, vertical, or none

  • Mass: structure 19.8 kg; max. ESPA total 180 kg

This IR video illustrates the uniform nature of the panel technology. Exact designs and layouts are customized to each user’s needs. See our product sheets for our Thermal Control Panels and for Standard Passive Orbital Thermal-Controlled Systems.

Want to book our services? Contact us today.

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