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Meteoroid/Debris ShieldingThis report provides innovative, low-weight shielding solutions for spacecraft and the ballistic limit equations that define the shield's performance in the meteoroid/debris environment. Analyses and hypervelocity impact testing results are described that have been used in developing the shields and equations. Spacecraft shielding design and operational practices described in this report are used to provide effective spacecraft protection from meteoroid and debris impacts. Specific shield applications for the International Space Station (ISS), Space Shuttle Orbiter and the CONTOUR (Comet Nucleus Tour) space probe are provided. Whipple, Multi-Shock and Stuffed Whipple shield applications are described.
Document ID
20030068423
Document Type
Technical Publication (TP)
Authors
Christiansen, Eric L. (NASA Johnson Space Center Houston, TX, United States)
Date Acquired
September 7, 2013
Publication Date
August 1, 2003
Subject Category
Spacecraft Design, Testing and Performance
Report/Patent Number
S-898
NASA/TP-2003-210788
NAS 1.60:210788
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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