HYPERVELOCITY OXYGEN SOURCE FOR THE STUDY OF ATOM-SURFACE INTERACTIONS

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 3621
Amount: $446,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1988
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Aerodyne Research Inc.
45 Manning Rd, Billerica, MA, 01821
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Dr Andrew Freedman
 (617) 663-9500
Business Contact
Phone: () -
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
SPACE-BASED FACILITIES FACE AN UNEXPECTEDLY HOSTILE ENVIRONMENT AT ORBITAL ALTITUDES DUE TO CHEMICAL INTERACTIONS WITH ATOMIC OXYGEN AT THE HIGH VELOCITIES OF ORBITING SPACECRAFT. DEGRADATION AND EROSION OF MATERIALS FACING INTO THE ATMOSPHERIC WIND POSE A THREAT TO THE EFFECTIVE LIFE AND UTILITY OF SATELLITES, SPACE STATION SYSTEMS, AND EXPECIALLY SPACE-BASED OPTICAL INSTRUMENTATION. WE PROPOSE TO STUDY THE FEASIBILITY OF CONSTRUCTING A GROUND-BASED FACILITY TO STUDY OXYGEN-ATOM BOMBARDMENT OF SPACE MATERIALS UNDER SIMULATED SPACE CONDITIONS. THIS FACILITY WOULD INCORPORATE AN ELECTRIC DISCHARGE HEATED HYPERTHERMAL ATOMIC OXYGEN BEAM SOURCE, "ZONE OF SILENCE" SKIMMING TECHNIQUES, AND STATE-OF-THE-ART DIAGNOSTIC TOOLS. THE GOAL OF SUCH STUDIES WOULD BE TO PROVIDE A BASIC UNDERSTANDING OF ATOM-SURFACE CHEMISTRY.

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