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Symposium SF02-Materials in Space—Design and Testing

Space is known for its inhospitable conditions and the extreme operating requirements it demands of materials. In low Earth orbit (LEO), atomic oxygen erodes susceptible materials, and extreme thermal cycling threatens dissimilar material interfaces. Micrometeoroid or debris impacts are also a constant and growing threat in LEO. Additionally, materials must perform in vacuum conditions under variable but persistent ultraviolet and ionizing radiation, as well as plasma and surface charging threats. Early materials space exposure experiments were flown on the Long Duration Exposure Facility (LDEF), the Russian space station Mir, and the space shuttle. Currently, materials space exposure experiments are conducted on the International Space Station (ISS) on external platforms such as the Materials International Space Station Experiment (MISSE) Flight Facility and the Japanese Experiment Module Exposed Facility (JEM EF). As humanity ventures outside of Earth’s orbit, new threats will include unshielded solar winds and galactic cosmic rays. Difficulties assessing and repairing damaged materials await. Foreign worlds also present new challenges, such as pervasive sharp-edged lunar and Martian regolith. Spacecraft will require materials with a high degree of reliability because spare parts are not readily available and replacement is typically not an option. Addressing these challenges will also inform the design and testing of materials for use on Earth.

This symposium will discuss the design, development, and testing of different materials and devices to withstand the extreme conditions of space. These materials include metals, ceramics, composites, textiles, semiconductors, glasses, polymers, and coatings. Devices such as photovoltaics, radiation-hardened electronics, and variable emissivity devices will also be discussed. This symposium is soliciting abstracts on ground- and space-based materials research as well as spaceflight facilities. Materials for space applications encompass space stations (the ISS and Gateway), satellites, and commercial space vehicles for the Moon, Mars, and beyond. Materials research using space-based platforms will also provide accelerated degradation data for terrestrial applications.

Topics will include:

  • Atomic oxygen
  • Radiation effects and shielding (UV, charged particles, cosmic rays)
  • Micrometeoroid and orbital debris (MMOD)
  • Temperature extremes and thermal cycling
  • Contamination
  • Lunar and Martian regolith and environments
  • Spacecraft materials
  • Photovoltaics and devices
  • Spaceflight experiments – design and results
  • Spaceflight facilities and platforms
  • Ground-testing and modeling

Invited Speakers (tentative):

  • Miria Finckenor (NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, USA)
  • Irina Gouzman (Soreq Nuclear Research Center, Israel)
  • Eitan Grossman (Soreq Nuclear Research Center, Israel)
  • Maria Katzarova (University of Delaware, USA)
  • Jacob Kleiman (Integrity Testing Laboratory Inc., Canada)
  • Sharon Miller (NASA Glenn Research Center, USA)
  • Joseph Minow (NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, USA)
  • Timothy Minton (University of Colorado Boulder, USA)
  • Stephanie Remaury (Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales, France)
  • Keita Sakamoto (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, Japan)
  • Masahito Tagawa (Kobe University, Japan)
  • Adrian Tighe (The European Space Agency, Netherlands)
  • Claus Zimmerman (Airbus Defence and Space GmbH, Germany)

Symposium Organizers

Ryan Reeves
International Space Station U.S. National Laboratory

Kim de Groh
NASA Glenn Research Center

Yugo Kimoto
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency
Tsukuba Space Center

Mark Shumbera
Aegis Aerospace Inc.

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