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SHI Jin-feng, WU Qing-wen, CHEN Li-heng, YANG Xian-wei. Review of flight tests for multi-layer insulator materials[J]. Chinese Optics, 2013, 6(4): 457-469. doi: 10.3788/CO.20130604.0457
Citation: SHI Jin-feng, WU Qing-wen, CHEN Li-heng, YANG Xian-wei. Review of flight tests for multi-layer insulator materials[J]. Chinese Optics, 2013, 6(4): 457-469. doi: 10.3788/CO.20130604.0457

Review of flight tests for multi-layer insulator materials

doi: 10.3788/CO.20130604.0457
  • Received Date: 15 Apr 2013
  • Rev Recd Date: 17 Jun 2013
  • Publish Date: 10 Aug 2013
  • As the performance changes of thermal control materials in-orbit effect the temperature of a spacecraft, the performance of Multi-layer Insulators(MLI) in-orbit are studied in this paper. Firstly, the destructive testing of thermal control materials at a simulation test for space environments is introduced. Then, the test data of the of MLI samples from Hubble Space Telescope(HST), Long Duration Exposure Facility and the International Space Station are compared. At last, the ground-based test of thermal control replacement materials for the HST is expatiated. Compared to the data of flight and ground testings, it is concluded that the coincidence from atomic oxygen and thermal cycling is the primary factor to damage the outer surface of the MLI, while ultraviolet radiation and charged particle radiation have a weaker effect. The conclusion might provide a reference for planning and revising the ground acceleration testing and thermal design for long-life spacecrafts.

     

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