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Investigation of Orbital Debris Impacts on Shuttle Radiator PanelsThis paper documents the data collected from two hypervelocity micro-meteoroid orbital debris (MMOD) impact events where the shuttle payload bay door radiator sandwich panel was completely perforated. Scanning Electron Microscope/Energy-Dispersive x-ray Spectroscopy (SEM/EDS) analysis of impact residue provided evidence to identify the source of each impact. Impact site features that indicate projectile directionality are discussed, along with hypervelocity impact testing on representative samples conducted to simulate the impact event. The paper provides results of a study of impact risks for the size of particles that caused the MMOD damage and the regions of the orbiter vehicle that would be vulnerable to an equivalent projectile
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Document Type
Conference Paper
Hyde, James L.
(Barrios Technology, Inc. Houston, TX, United States)
Christiansen, Eric L.
(NASA Johnson Space Center Houston, TX, United States)
Lear, Dana M.
(NASA Johnson Space Center Houston, TX, United States)
Kerr, Justin H.
(NASA Johnson Space Center Houston, TX, United States)
Lyons, Frankel
(Hamilton Sundstrand Corp. Houston, TX, United States)
Herrin, Jason H.
(Jacobs Technologies Engineering Science Contract Group Houston, TX, United States)
Ryan, Shannon J.
(Lunar and Planetary Inst. Houston, TX, United States)
Date Acquired
August 24, 2013
Publication Date
May 4, 2009
Subject Category
Space Transportation And Safety
Report/Patent Number
Meeting Information
Meeting: 50th AIAA/ASME/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures
Location: Palm Springs, CA
Country: United States
Start Date: May 4, 2009
End Date: May 7, 2009
Sponsors: American Inst. of Aeronautics and Astronautics, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, American Society for Composites, American Society of Civil Engineers, American Helicopter Society, Inc.
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Public Use Permitted.
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