Lockheed Martin has developed a new satellite cooling system in an effort to help customers address space mission requirements.
The microcryocooler technology, weighing nearly 11 ounces and with an operational life span of more than 10 years, is built to remove heat from sensor systems and cool down small satellites, Lockheed said Wednesday.
According to the company, it is the lightest satellite cooling system ever built.
Ted Nast, a Lockheed fellow at its Advanced Technology Center, said the company built the cooling system to operate in harsh environments.
“Temperatures as low as -320 F are required for infrared instruments and the coolers must operate with minimum power and long lifetimes,” added Nast.
The microcryocooler is also intended to be applicable for unmanned aerial vehicles and tanks.