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ROCKETS IN SPACE ENVIRONMENT. PHASE I. PARAMETER STUDY
AEROJET-GENERAL CORP AZUSA CALIF
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Environmental factors constituting the space environment between 300 and 22,000 n. mi. altitude were defined. The propulsion-system materials and components most likely to be exposed to this environment were established, and available data regarding the behavior of these materials fibrous ablative composites, thermosets, thermoplastics elastomers, hydraulic fluids, adhesives, liquild propellants, sealants, etc. in the space environment were surveyed. Deficiencies in these data were determined, and appropriate tests were planned for obtaining data now lacking. Future plans for performance tests and system studies are described. Design of a piggyback space experiment will also be initiated concurrently with these activities. Author, modified.
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