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Infrared BRDF measurements of space shuttle tiles
Author(s): Raymond P. Young; Bob E. Wood; P. L. Stewart
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Paper Abstract

The bidirectional reflectance distribution function (BRDF) of both white and black, flown and unflown Space Shuttle thermal protection system tiles has been measured in the 2.0-5.5 micron range. The BRDFs of flown and unflown white tiles were nearly identical, and typical of a good diffuse reflector (with nearly constant BRDF as a function of reflectance angle. The BRDF of the black tile was modified as a result of experiencing Space Shuttle flight; spectral BRDF in this case became a monotonic decreasing function of radiation wavelength.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 December 1991
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 1530, Optical Scatter: Applications, Measurement, and Theory, (1 December 1991); doi: 10.1117/12.50522
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Raymond P. Young, Calspan Corp. (United States)
Bob E. Wood, Calspan Corp. (United States)
P. L. Stewart, Calspan Corp. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1530:
Optical Scatter: Applications, Measurement, and Theory
John C. Stover, Editor(s)

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