During the past few years inflatable technology has received much attention by space industry due to its significantly reduced launch volume and mass. While this technology meets the mass goals, because of being ultra-light the structures become very susceptible to disturbances in space. One of the main sources of disturbances is the abrupt temperature changes for a satellite upon passing the Earth’s shadow. While much research has been carried out on the static thermal loading for such structures, very little is known about their dynamic behavior with respect to temperature changes. The presented work is intended to fill this gap. The frequency response functions for a 3 meter inflatable rigidized boom for various temperatures are studied and compared using FEA models in ABAQUS.

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