Space Environment Implications for Spacecraft Design

ISBN-10: 0691102996

ISBN-13: 9780691102993

Edition: 2nd 2004 (Revised)

Authors: Alan C. Tribble

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The breakup of the Space Shuttle Columbia as it reentered Earth's atmosphere on February 1, 2003, reminded the public--and NASA--of the grave risks posed to spacecraft by everything from insulating foam to space debris. Here, Alan Tribble presents a singular, up-to-date account of a wide range of less conspicuous but no less consequential environmental effects that can damage or cause poor performance of orbiting spacecraft. Conveying a wealth of insight into the nature of the space environment and how spacecraft interact with it, he covers design modifications aimed at eliminating or reducing such environmental effects as solar absorptance increases caused by self-contamination, materials erosion by atomic oxygen, electrical discharges due to spacecraft charging, degradation of electrical circuits by radiation, and bombardment by micrometeorites. This book is unique in that it bridges the gap between studies of the space environment as performed by space physicists and spacecraft design engineering as practiced by aerospace engineers.
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Book details

Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 10/12/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 248
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.85" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.792

Preface and Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Vacuum Environment
The Neutral Environment
The Plasma Environment
The Radiation Environment
The Micrometeoroid/Orbital Debris Environment
Conclusions
Nomenclature
Acronyms
Physical Constants
The Long Duration Exposure Facility (LDEF)
Index
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