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The MISSE-9 Polymers and Composites Experiment Being Flown on the MISSE-Flight FacilityMaterials on the exterior of spacecraft in low Earth orbit (LEO) are subject to extremely harsh environmental conditions, including various forms of radiation (cosmic rays, ultraviolet, x-ray, and charged particle radiation), micrometeoroids and orbital debris, temperature extremes, thermal cycling, and atomic oxygen (AO). These environmental exposures can result in erosion, embrittlement and optical property degradation of susceptible materials, threatening spacecraft performance and durability. To increase our understanding of space environmental effects such as AO erosion and radiation induced embrittlement of spacecraft materials, NASA Glenn has developed a series of experiments flown as part of the Materials International Space Station Experiment (MISSE) missions on the exterior of the International Space Station (ISS). These experiments have provided critical LEO space environment durability data such as AO erosion yield values for many materials and mechanical properties changes after long term space exposure. In continuing these studies, a new Glenn experiment has been proposed, and accepted, for flight on the new MISSE-Flight Facility (MISSE-FF). This experiment is called the Polymers and Composites Experiment and it will be flown as part of the MISSE-9 mission, the inaugural mission of MISSE-FF. Figure 1 provides an artist rendition of MISSE-FF ISS external platform. The MISSE-FF is manifested for launch on SpaceX-13.
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Glenn Research Center
Document Type
De Groh, Kim K.
(NASA Glenn Research Center Cleveland, OH, United States)
Banks, Bruce A.
(Science Applications International Corp. Cleveland, OH, United States)
Date Acquired
November 7, 2017
Publication Date
July 17, 2017
Subject Category
Space Transportation And Safety
Composite Materials
Report/Patent Number
Meeting Information
Meeting: International Space Station Research and Development (ISSR&D) Conference 2017
Location: Washington, DC
Country: United States
Start Date: July 17, 2017
End Date: July 20, 2017
Sponsors: Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS)
Funding Number(s)
WBS: WBS 934844.
Distribution Limits
Public Use Permitted.
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