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Space aging of solid rocket materialsSolid rocket propellant and rocket motor components were aged in a vented container on the interior of the LDEF. The results of aging IPSM-II/PAM-DII space motor components are presented. Ballistic and mechanical properties of the space aged main propellant, igniter propellant, and ignition system were compared with similar data from preflight and ground aged samples. Mechanical properties of the composite materials and bonded joints used in the motor case, insulation, liner, nozzle, exit cone, and skirt were similarly evaluated. The space aging results are compared to data collected in a ground based vacuum aging program on similar components.
Document ID
Document Type
Conference Paper
Lester, Dean M.
(Thiokol Corp. Brigham City, UT, United States)
Jones, Leon L.
(Thiokol Corp. Brigham City, UT, United States)
Smalley, R. B., Jr.
(Thiokol Corp. Brigham City, UT, United States)
Ord, R. Neil
(Thiokol Corp. Brigham City, UT, 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
Propellants And Fuels
Accession Number
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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