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Radiative Cooling of Satellite-Borne Electronic Components

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1 Author(s)
James R. Jenness ; HRB-Singer, Inc., State College, Pa.

The basic principles of radiative cooling of electronic components and subassemblies in a satellite are discussed, and estimates are made of the lowest temperatures attainable in a satellite by completely passive means. It appears feasible to maintain some compartments within a satellite at temperatures of 250°K or lower, so an opportunity is presented for refrigerating components whose characteristics are enhanced at lower temperatures.

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Proceedings of the IRE  (Volume:48 ,  Issue: 4 )