Accession Number : AD0715606

Title :   Experimental Study of Capacitor Type Meteoroid Sensors,

Corporate Author : GENERAL ELECTRIC CO PHILADELPHIA PA MISSILE AND SPACE DIV

Personal Author(s) : Mallin,J. R. ; Frost,R. T.

Report Date : FEB 1963

Pagination or Media Count : 40

Abstract : The overall objectives of the program were to obtain competence in the design and testing of the capacitor type meteoroid sensors, and to study the characteristics of these detectors of importance in the design of experiments to make fundamental measurements of the micrometeoroid environment in space. More detailed knowledge of this environment is required to assess puncture probabilities of various space vehicle components. It is expected that the earliest significant data on puncture probabilities is to be obtained by direct measurement of puncture probabilities is to be obtained by direct measurement of puncture rates of large area foil capacitor type sensors of a type proposed by NASA Langley Research Center. A knowledge of the basic mechanical and electrical characteristics of devices of this type is essential in planning of experimental vehicles proposed to obtain the puncture rate data. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*SPACECRAFT COMPONENTS, DETECTORS), (*METEORS, DETECTION), CAPACITORS, DESIGN, SPACE SURVEILLANCE SYSTEMS, SPACE ENVIRONMENTS

Subject Categories : Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods
      Unmanned Spacecraft

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE