ATK wins thermal control contract for airship sensor

Lockhead Martin has selected aerospace company ATK to provide the Thermal Control Subsystem for the Integrated Sensor Is Structure (ISIS) programme, representing a critical component of the Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) ISIS Airship.

Lockheed Martin, a US-based advanced technology corporation, leads an industry team in the development of an airship-based autonomous unmanned sensor with unique capabilities to track ground and air targets.

The scope of work to be performed on the ISIS programme includes designing, developing, building and testing hardware that performs heat acquisition, heat transport and heat rejection for two complete thermal systems.

The baseline design for both systems is a pumped two-phase fluid loop that interfaces with large, lightweight radiator panels attached to the vehicle powerbay.