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Durability evaluation of photovoltaic blanket materials exposed on LDEF tray S1003Several candidate protective coatings on Kapton and uncoated Kapton were exposed to the LEO environment on the LDEF in order to determine whether the coatings could be used to protect polymeric substrates from degradation in the LEO environment. These materials are used for flexible solar array panels in which the polymer is the structural member that supports the solar cell and current carriers. Arrays such as these are used on the Hubble Space Telescope and will be used on Space Station Freedom. The results of the experiments are presented.
Document ID
Document Type
Conference Paper
Rutledge, Sharon K.
(NASA Lewis Research Center Cleveland, OH., United States)
Olle, Raymond M.
(Cleveland State 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
Energy Production And Conversion
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Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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