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PROBLEM 3 A spherical communications satellite, 2 m in diameter, is place in orbit around Earth. The satellite generates 1000 W of internal power from a small radioisotope thermoelectric generator (look these up; theyre cool). For simplicity let the surface of the satellite be considered a blackbody. Neglecting the effects of solar and Earth-based irradiation, what is the surface temperature at steady-state operation? Use an ambient temperature of 4 K, which is standard practice for objects near Earth orbit.
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