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Testing Of Antireflection Coatings Using The NASA Long-Duration Exposure Facility (LDEF)
Author(s): Helen Gourley; P. A. Lovoi
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Paper Abstract

Optics for spacecraft presently use antireflection (AR) coatings whose space environment performance has only been measured indirectly via overall system performance. New AR coating techniques, chemically prepared coatings, are not readily accepted for use due to a lack of qualifying space environment data. We describe an experiment to be carried out on the NASA Long Duration Exposure Facility (LDEF). The experiment will utilize multiple samples, both coated and uncoated, with non-flight samples being maintained as controls. Conventional vacuum deposited coatings will be utilized as well as the new chemically prepared coatings. The present LDEF mission will provide 6 to 9 months of low earth orbit environment with future missions providing several years of exposure both in low earth orbit and in higher orbits.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 September 1979
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 0183, Space Optics II, (27 September 1979); doi: 10.1117/12.957413
Show Author Affiliations
Helen Gourley, International Technical Associates (United States)
P. A. Lovoi, International Technical Associates (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0183:
Space Optics II
Charles L. Wyman, Editor(s)

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