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Goddard Space Flight Center

Mechanical Systems Division, Code 540

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Thermal Engineering Branch/Code 545

Mission:
The Thermal Engineering Branch is responsible for developing and applying technology to meet the thermal requirements of Goddard-managed spacecraft and space-borne scientific instruments. Some specific functions of the branch are listed below:

  • Develop and integrate thermal control systems for spacecraft and instruments; verify resulting designs through analysis and thermal vacuum testing. Provide thermal engineering support from concept through the design, integration, and test programs and flight operations.
  • Conduct vigorous research and development programs directed toward advancing the state-of-the-art in spacecraft thermal control technology; conduct laboratory and in-orbit test programs as required to demonstrate viability of these technologies in their intended applications.
  • Provide technical oversight, evaluation, consultation, and support to flight projects, instrument developers, design review teams, failure analysis teams, technical evaluation panels, and source evaluation boards.
  • Develop and assess thermal software packages. Develop software which fosters concurrent engineering practices.

Contacts:
Main Office – (301) 286-6061
Branch Head: Dan Butler 
Associate: Daniel Nguyen
Associate: Carlton Peters
Associate: Veronica Otero

Website: http://thermal.gsfc.nasa.gov/