Stratospheric Chemistry of Aluminum Oxide Particles
MASSACHUSETTS INST OF TECH CAMBRIDGE DEPT OF EARTH ATMOSPHERIC AND PLANETARYSCIENCES
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The emissions from solid rocket motors SRMs include hydrogen chloride vapor MCi and other inorganic chlorine compounds, as well as aluminum oxide particles. The effects of these emissions on stratospheric ozone have been investigated by Prather et al. Pyle and others. Recent satellite observations show no measurable localized depletion of ozone following a Space Shuttle launch nevertheless, it is possible for the effects to be quite pronounced in the immediate neighborhood of the rocket plume.
- Atmospheric Physics
- Combustion and Ignition