Accession Number:

ADA495969

Title:

An Infrared Solution to a National Priority NASA Ice Detection and Measurement Problem

Descriptive Note:

Journal article

Corporate Author:

ARMY TANK AUTOMOTIVE RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT AND ENGINEERING CENTER WARREN MI

Report Date:

2007-05-01

Pagination or Media Count:

14.0

Abstract:

NASA has a serious problem with ice that forms on the cryogenic-filled Space Shuttle External Tank ET that could endanger the crew and vehicle. This problem has defied resolution in the past. To find a solution, a cooperative agreement was developed between NASA-Kennedy Space Center KSC and the U.S. Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Research, Development Engineering Center TARDEC. This paper describes the need, initial investigation, solution methodology, and some results for a mobile near-infrared IR ice detection and measurement system developed by MDA of Canada and jointly tested by the U.S. Army TARDEC and NASA. Performance results achieved demonstrate that the pre-launch inspection system has the potential to become a critical tool in addressing NASAs ice problem.

Subject Categories:

  • Snow, Ice and Permafrost
  • Manned Spacecraft

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE