Environmental Effects on Spacecraft Material
ROCKWELL INTERNATIONAL SEAL BEACH CA SATELLITE AND SPACE ELECTRONICS DIV
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A study of the present state of knowledge concerning the effects of the natural environments on spacecraft materials has been carried out. The study consisted of a literature review, a questionnaire mailing, and some follow-up facility visits. This is the report describing that study and the conclusions reached. At the present time, the effects due to single components of the space environment radiations, plasmas, gases, particles, fields, etc are either well understood or are actively being investigated. Among the most active areas are atomic oxygen effects erosion and glow, hot plasma charging, space debris object punctures, and nuclear radiation degradation of exposed materials. Some synergistic effects are also being studied. Keywords Environmental effects, Spacecraft material, Literature search.
- Defense Systems
- Unmanned Spacecraft