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Measured space environmental effects to LDEF during retrievalThe Interim Operational Contamination Monitor (IOCM) is an attached shuttle payload to the Long Duration Exposure Facility (LDEF) that was used on 2 earlier flights to quantify the contamination deposited during the course of the missions. The IOCM can characterize by direct measurement the deposition of molecular and particulate contamination during any phase of flight. Also, the IOCM actively measures the optical property changes of thermal control surfaces by calorimetry, the flux of the ambient atomic oxygen environment, the incident solar flux, and the absolute ambient pressure in the payload bay. The IOCM also provides a structure and sample holders for the exposure of passive material samples to the space environment, e.g., thermal cycling, atomic oxygen, and micrometeoroids and/or debris. Some of the more salient results from the flight suggests that the payload bay was slightly contaminated during both the prelaunch phase of the mission and after the deployment of the SYNCOM IV payload. Measurements during the postflight phases, i.e., ferry flight and deintegration processing, show negligible to very low mass deposition. The results of the data are discussed in depth.
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Legacy CDMS
Document Type
Conference Paper
Maag, Carl R.
(Science Applications International Corp. Glendora, CA., United States)
Linder, W. Kelly
(Space Systems Div. AFSC Field Office Houston, TX., United States)
Date Acquired
September 6, 2013
Publication Date
June 1, 1991
Publication Information
Publication: NASA, Langley Research Center, First LDEF Post-Retrieval Symposium Abstracts
Subject Category
Spacecraft Design, Testing And Performance
Accession Number
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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