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Mirror degradation in orbit due to space radiation exposure
Author(s): James B. Heaney; Lonny R. Kauder; Scott E. Bradley; David E. Neuberger
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Paper Abstract

Mirror coatings designed for use on satellite remote sensing instruments were exposed to a simulated geostationary orbit radiation flux of combined ultraviolet, electron, and proton radiation. Reflectance measured in vacuum before, during, and after exposure demonstrated that some mirror coatings are much more resistant to damage than others. The laboratory test results agree with in-orbit mirror temperature increases observed on GOES satellite instruments. The laboratory tests also confirm the necessity of measuring reflectance change in vacuum, due to the rapid recovery of reflectance loss upon exposure to room atmosphere.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 November 2000
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 4135, Earth Observing Systems V, (15 November 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.494235
Show Author Affiliations
James B. Heaney, Swales Aerospace (United States)
Lonny R. Kauder, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Scott E. Bradley, Swales Aerospace (United States)
David E. Neuberger, Swales Aerospace (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4135:
Earth Observing Systems V
William L. Barnes, Editor(s)

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