Accession Number : AD0272340

Title :   EFFECTS OF METEOROID IMPACTS ON SPACE VEHICLES

Corporate Author : BALLISTIC RESEARCH LABS ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND MD

Personal Author(s) : EICHELBERGER,R.J. ; GEHRING,J.W.

Report Date : DEC 1961

Pagination or Media Count : 48

Abstract : The mechanism of crater formation due to hypervelocity impact is described, using a variety of experimental observations and theory as a basis. The currently accepted empirical correlations are also presented. The evidence is considered in the light of the problem of meteoroid impacts upon space vehicles, and such generalized predictions as are possible at the present state of the art are erived. (Author)

Descriptors :   *CRATERING, *METEORITES, *TERMINAL BALLISTICS, AIRFRAMES, HYPERSONIC CHARACTERISTICS, IMPACT SHOCK, PENETRATION, SPACE PROBES, SPACECRAFT, SPACECRAFT DEBRIS, VULNERABILITY

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE