Thermal Vacuum Bakeout Facility TVAC #2
Ensuring proper vacuum bakeout of flight hardware is increasingly important to mission success. Our thermal vacuum chamber TVAC#1 is regularly operated for monitored vacuum bakeout of test and flight hardware to ECSS-Q-ST-70-01 and so in 2017 we expanded our thermal vacuum facilities by building TVAC#2. This chamber is slightly larger than TVAC#1 with doors at either end meaning loading larger or more awkward hardware is easier. As with TVAC#1, flight hardware or sensitive samples can be loaded into the chamber from within Class 8 clean tent.
The TVAC#2 chamber features:
We also have a multi-part shroud under manufacture which will use the same resistive heating and fluid line design as the thermal plate. This is scheduled to be installed towards the end of the year (2018) when we tend to have more downtime for our test house facilities.