The flexible CCHP can be used in an application that requires a passive thermal control system with some degree of flexibility such as minimizing mechanical loads induced into payloads containing highly sensitive positional sensors or allowing containment of radiator panels within the spacecraft fairing until deployment into fully operational positions. The proposed concept builds upon proven technologies, and offers high reliability, minimal mass, and low power requirements.
Flexible heat pipes are of interest in a number of different applications. CubeSats and SmallSats will benefit from the flexible bend, allowing deployment of radiator panels. Flexible heat pipes can also be used in terrestrial electronics, for both military and commercial applications. One example is using a flexible heat pipe to remove heat from an aircraft actuator. ACT has had a number of inquiries from customers on the availability of flexible heat pipes.