The Space Environment : Implications for Spacecraft Design - Revised and Expanded Edition / Alan C. Tribble.

Tribble, Alan C. [Browse]
Revised and expanded edition.
  • Princeton, NJ : Princeton University Press, [2020]
  • ©2004
1 online resource (232 pages) : illustrations


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The breakup of the Space Shuttle Columbia as it reentered Earth's atmosphere on February 1, 2003, reminded the public--and NASA--of the grave risks posed to spacecraft by everything from insulating foam to space debris. Here, Alan Tribble presents a singular, up-to-date account of a wide range of less conspicuous but no less consequential environmental effects that can damage or cause poor performance of orbiting spacecraft. Conveying a wealth of insight into the nature of the space environment and how spacecraft interact with it, he covers design modifications aimed at eliminating or reducing such environmental effects as solar absorptance increases caused by self-contamination, materials erosion by atomic oxygen, electrical discharges due to spacecraft charging, degradation of electrical circuits by radiation, and bombardment by micrometeorites. This book is unique in that it bridges the gap between studies of the space environment as performed by space physicists and spacecraft design engineering as practiced by aerospace engineers.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 26. Mai 2020)
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In English.
Frontmatter -- Contents -- Preface to the Second Edition -- Preface and Acknowledgments -- 1. Introduction -- 2. The Vacuum Environment and Its Effects -- 3. The Neutral Environment and Its Effects -- 4. The Plasma Environment and Its Effects -- 5. The Radiation Environment and Its Effects -- 6. The Micrometeoroid/Orbital Debris Environment and Its Effects -- Appendix 1. Nomenclature -- Appendix 2. Acronyms -- Appendix 3. Physical Constants -- Appendix 4. The Long Duration Exposure Facility -- Index
  • 10.1515/9780691213071
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