Accession Number:

ADA136594

Title:

Environmental Monitoring Instrumentation and Monitoring Techniques for Space Shuttle Launches.

Descriptive Note:

Final rept. Jan 82-Jul 83,

Corporate Author:

AIR FORCE OCCUPATIONAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH LAB BROOKS AFB TX

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1983-07-01

Pagination or Media Count:

86.0

Abstract:

The Space Shuttle emits undesired exhaust materials into the atmosphere during a launch including large quantities of hydrogen chloride HCl. The fate of the HCl is not well understood but includes deposition and HCl gas revolatilization near the launch pad and downwind acid washout, acid rainout and HCl gas dispersion. The Air Force and NASA began monitoring missile exhaust effluents in the early 1970s. There has been an evolution in monitoring instrumentation, monitoring techniques and monitoring schemes developed jointly by the Air Force and NASA culminating in the efforts for Space Shuttle launches at Kennedy Space Center. This report reviews and evaluates these efforts and recommends an integrated program of ground monitors, aircraft monitors and remote sensors to monitor shuttle exhaust materials. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Meteorology
  • Civil Engineering
  • Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods
  • Ground Support Systems and Facilities for Space Vehicles

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE