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Thermal control materialsThe LDEF M0003-5 Thermal Control Materials Experiment contains numerous thermal control coatings, metallized and nonmetallized polymeric films, adhesives, OSR's, and metallic foils. The materials were located on the leading and trailing edges of the satellite, therefore exposed to two different low earth orbital environments. Many specimens received a total exposure of 5.75 years and other received a limited exposure of 0.9 years to the complete environment. On-orbit and post flight photographic records are presented. The material's physical and optical performance are discussed as a function of location and duration of exposure. Data concerning specimen condition, degradation, contamination, optical reflectance and transmittance are discussed. The effect of atomic oxygen erosion on specific materials is also presented, The performance of adhesive bonds with polymeric films is reviewed.
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Legacy CDMS
Document Type
Conference Paper
Hurley, C.
(Dayton Univ. OH, 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
Nonmetallic Materials
Accession Number
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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