publication . Article . 2004

Space Shuttle debris and meteoroid impacts

E. L. Christiansen; J. L. Hyde; R.P Bernhard;
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  • Published: 12 Mar 2004 Journal: Advances in Space Research, volume 34, pages 1,097-1,103 (issn: 0273-1177, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Elsevier BV
Abstract This paper describes observations and analyses of meteoroid and debris impact damage to the Space Shuttle Orbiter over the past decade. Since 1992, NASA Space Shuttle Orbiter post-flight inspection procedures have been altered to allow systematic identification and sampling of meteoroid/debris impacts in selected areas of the vehicle. These areas include the crew module windows and radiator panels that line the interior of the payload bay doors. In addition, other significant impact damage is identified and sampled on other critical surfaces or exposed structures such as wing leading-edge panels, external thermal-protection materials, radiator interconn...
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free text keywords: Debris, Remote sensing, Space Shuttle, Space debris, Orbiter, law.invention, law, Payload, Environmental science, Meteoroid, Debris particle, Elemental composition
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