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Selected materials issues associated with Space StationCompatibility of Space Station hardware with the space environment is one of the major materials development issues. The projected long life of the Space Station elements (about 30 years for structural components and 20 years for power systems), the large number of day/night thermal cycles that have to be withstood during the life of the Station, and the effects of atomic oxygen and UV irradiation on exposed surfaces demand new considerations in selection of materials. Reaction efficiencies of materials for Space Station applications derived from LEO experiments are presented together with surface recession predictions for various Space Station components. Developments in the areas of protective coatings and of laboratory facilities for evaluating the effects of atomic oxygen are discussed.
Document ID
19870044787
Document Type
Reprint (Version printed in journal)
Authors
Leger, L. (NASA Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center Houston, TX, United States)
Visentine, J. (NASA Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center Houston, TX, United States)
Santos-Mason, B. (NASA Johnson Space Center Houston, TX, United States)
Date Acquired
August 13, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1987
Publication Information
Publication: SAMPE Quarterly
Volume: 18
ISSN: 0036-0821
Subject Category
SPACECRAFT DESIGN, TESTING AND PERFORMANCE
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Other