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Materials and techniques for spacecraft static charge controlAn overview of the design, development, fabrication, and testing of transparent conductive coatings and conductive lattices deposited or formed on high resistivity spacecraft dielectric materials to obtain control static charge buildup on spacecraft external surfaces is presented. Fabrication techniques for the deposition of indium/tin oxide coatings and copper grid networks on Kapton and FEP Teflon films and special frit coatings for OSR and solar cell cover glasses are discussed. The techniques include sputtering, photoetching, silkscreening, and mechanical processes. A facility designed and built to simulate the electron plasma at geosynchronous altitudes is described along with test procedures. The results of material characterizations as well as electron irradiation aging effects in this facility for spacecraft polymers treated to control static charge are presented. The data presents results for electron beam energies up to 30 kV and electron current densities of 30 nA/cm squared. Parameters measured include secondary emission, surface leakage, and through the sample currents as a function of primary beam energy and voltage.
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Legacy CDMS
Document Type
Conference Paper
Amore, L. J.
(General Electric Co. Philadelphia, PA, United States)
Eagles, A. E.
(General Electric Co. Philadelphia, PA, United States)
Date Acquired
August 9, 2013
Publication Date
February 24, 1977
Publication Information
Publication: NASA. Lewis Res. Center Proc. of the Spacecraft Charging Technol. Conf.
Subject Category
Nonmetallic Materials
Accession Number
Funding Number(s)
CONTRACT_GRANT: F33615-76-C-5258
CONTRACT_GRANT: F33615-76-C-5075
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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