Advances in optical property measurements of spacecraft materialsSome of the instruments and experimental approaches, used for measuring the optical properties of thermal control systems, are presented. The instruments' use in studies concerning the effects of combined contaminants and space environment on these materials, and in the qualification of hardware for spacecraft, are described. Instruments for measuring the solar absorptance and infrared emittance offer improved speed, accuracy and data handling. A transient method for directly measuring material infrared emittance is described. It is shown that oxygen exposure before measuring the solar absorptance should be avoided.
Smith, Charles A. (McDonnell-Douglas Aerospace Huntington Beach, CA United States)
Dever, Joyce A. (NASA Lewis Research Center Cleveland, OH United States)
Jaworske, Donald A. (NASA Lewis Research Center Cleveland, OH United States)