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The Thermal Engineering Branch is headquartered at NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center's main campus in Greenbelt, MD. The mailing address is:
Thermal Engineering Branch
Code 545
Goddard Space Flight Center
Greenbelt MD  20771

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The Branch is one of the largest in the Mechanical Systems Division, with about 35 civil service personnel and 20-30 on-site contractor employees.

The Branch Head is Dan Butler, (301) 286-5115.

To get in touch with us, see our page of Contact Information

The branch is organized in groups - visit the groups page for more information.


The Thermal Engineering Branch is responsible for developing and applying technology to meet the thermal requirements of Goddard-managed spacecraft and space-borne scientific instruments. Some specific functions of the branch are listed below:

  • Develop and integrate thermal control systems for spacecraft and instruments; verify resulting designs through analysis and environmental testing.
  • Conduct vigorous research and development programs directed toward advancing the state-of-the-art in spacecraft thermal control technology; conduct laboratory and in-orbit test programs as required to demonstrate viability of these technologies in their intended applications.
  • Provide technical oversight, evaluation, consultation, and support to flight projects, instrument developers, design review teams, failure analysis teams, technical evaluation panels, and source evaluation boards.
  • Develop and assess thermal software packages. Develop software which fosters concurrent engineering practices.

For specific information, see our lists of:

  • Technologies: new methods and devices we are developing, and
  • Projects: spacecraft, Shuttle payloads, and spacecraft instruments we have worked on.
  • Groups: sections in the branch with specific responsibilites,

New policies make it easier for us to work with other groups, both in and out of government. For more information, visit the Strategic Partnerships Office.

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