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Space Qualification Of Optical Instruments Using The NASA Long-Duration Exposure Facility
Author(s): Lenwood G. Clark; John D. DiBattista
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Paper Abstract

Many complex optical and electro-optical systems are currently operating in the space environment, and other more sophisticated systems are being planned for future development and operation. Assurance of the survivability of these systems is typically provided by ground-based testing, simulating those aspects of the space environment considered most serious. Such testing, however, has not prevented occasional anomalous behavior and unexplained failures from occurring. To properly explain the degradation mechanisms affecting these systems and to obtain the engineering and testing data necessary for the development of improved systems requires that in situ testing in the space environment be accomplished. The Long Duration Exposure Facility (LDEF) can provide this capability. Several of the experiments being developed for the first LDEF mission will seek to determine the effects of the space environment on components which will form the key elements of future electro-optical systems, and a considerable number of related experiments have been proposed. The engineering and scientific community is encouraged to become aware of this activity and to participate in the planning and experiment development for future LDEF missions.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 January 1978
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 0121, Optics in Adverse Environments I, (20 January 1978); doi: 10.1117/12.955755
Show Author Affiliations
Lenwood G. Clark, NASA Langley Research Center (United States)
John D. DiBattista, NASA Langley Research Center (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0121:
Optics in Adverse Environments I
Enrique Bernal G.; Harry V. Winsor, Editor(s)

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