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An infrared solution to a national priority NASA ice detection and measurement problem
Author(s): Thomas Meitzler; Darryl Bryk; Euijung Sohn; Mary Bienkowski; Gregory Smith; Kimberly Lane; Rachel Jozwiak; Thomas Moss; Robert Speece; Charles Stevenson; Dennis Gregoris; James Ragusa
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Paper Abstract

NASA has a serious problem with ice that forms on the cryogenic-filled Space Shuttle External Tank (ET) that could endanger the crew and vehicle. This problem has defied resolution in the past. To find a solution, a cooperative agreement was developed between NASA-Kennedy Space Center (KSC) and the U.S. Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Research, Development & Engineering Center (TARDEC). This paper describes the need, initial investigation, solution methodology, and some results for a mobile near-infrared (IR) ice detection and measurement system developed by MDA of Canada and jointly tested by the U.S. Army TARDEC and NASA. Performance results achieved demonstrate that the pre-launch inspection system has the potential to become a critical tool in addressing NASA's ice problem.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 May 2007
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 6542, Infrared Technology and Applications XXXIII, 65423I (14 May 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.716915
Show Author Affiliations
Thomas Meitzler, U.S. Army TARDEC (United States)
Darryl Bryk, U.S. Army TARDEC (United States)
Euijung Sohn, U.S. Army TARDEC (United States)
Mary Bienkowski, U.S. Army TARDEC (United States)
Gregory Smith, U.S. Army TARDEC (United States)
Kimberly Lane, U.S. Army TARDEC (United States)
Rachel Jozwiak, U.S. Army TARDEC (United States)
Thomas Moss, NASA Kennedy Space Ctr. (United States)
Robert Speece, NASA Kennedy Space Ctr. (United States)
Charles Stevenson, NASA Kennedy Space Ctr. (United States)
Dennis Gregoris, MDA Corp. (Canada)
James Ragusa, Consultant (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6542:
Infrared Technology and Applications XXXIII
Bjørn F. Andresen; Gabor F. Fulop; Paul R. Norton, Editor(s)

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