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Coronagraph: The Ultimate Device To Monitor Orbiting Particulates In The Space Transport System (STS) Environment
Author(s): Donald W. Schuerman; Frank Giovane
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Paper Abstract

To extract the maximum information content of orbiting particulates from a remote-sensing particulate monitor there are three instrument design requirements: (1) the monitor must be an imaging coronagraph; (2) it must be capable of range-finding; and (3) it must yield absolute photometric measurements. When all three requirements are met, the number, size, and velocity distributions of the vehicle-induced particulates can be deduced. Examples of each of these requirements, as realized during the Shuttle-3 and Skylab-3 missions, are discussed. A design is presented for a coronagraph suitable as a particulate monitor for Shuttle missions.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 April 1983
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 0338, Spacecraft Contamination Environment, (12 April 1983); doi: 10.1117/12.933644
Show Author Affiliations
Donald W. Schuerman, University of Florida (United States)
Frank Giovane, University of Florida (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0338:
Spacecraft Contamination Environment
Carl R. Maag, Editor(s)

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