The thermal vacuum test facility will simulate the environmental and thermal conditions in space. It is equipped with a black shroud and a hot-cold plate controlled at the same temperature. The average temperature change rate is 1.5°C per minute.
The data acquisition system can handle up to 12 thermal sensors (Pt100) at the moment and can be updated to 32 thermal sensors with prior notice. A special Safety Rack protects the test article during automatic thermal cycling mode, ensuring that the products are kept safe during testing.
The thermal vacuum chamber is small and therefore more cost-effective than other bigger chambers.