HYPERVELOCITY OXYGEN SOURCE FOR THE STUDY OF ATOM-SURFACE INTERACTIONS

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$446,000.00
Award Year:
1988
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
n/a
Award Id:
3621
Agency Tracking Number:
3621
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
45 Manning Rd, Billerica, MA, 01821
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Dr Andrew Freedman
(617) 663-9500
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institute:
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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