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How to determine the number of Multi Layer Insulation layers for a satellite?

I would like to add to Erin Anne's points about the mission design. It helps to have a guiding thermal strategy (which will depend upon satellite pointing requirements etc) for the "primary heat ...
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How to determine the number of Multi Layer Insulation layers for a satellite?

Choosing MLI configuration is part of the larger topic of Thermal Control System design. Thermal design of a spacecraft in vacuum is basically about power equilibrium. Some heat (thermal power) will ...
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Why is this satellite's solar panel oscillating?

If you observe the linkage angles and visual overlap of the various components, you can see that there is some form of automated movement, extending the panel. The scissors joint at the main body ...
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How does GPS receiver synchronize time with GPS satellites?

TL;DR The clock on each GPS satellite is calibrated/synchronized to the same time. Each transmits a signal representing the time of emission from that satellite, as well as ephemeris data describing ...
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