Acoustic Monitor for Buried Structure Detection

Period of Performance: 08/26/1996 - 08/15/1998

$743K

Phase 2 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Aptek, Inc.
1257 Lake Plaza Drive, Suite 100
Colorado Springs, CO 80906
Principal Investigator

Research Topics

Abstract

Thermal control of spacecraft in accomplished through the optical and thermal properties of the external surfaces of the vehicle. The use of thermal control (TC) coatings or second surface mirrors are common methods for managing the overall thermal environment of spacecraft. The proposed low absorptance TC coating(s) shall be readily and cost effectively deposited onto large complex surfaces. The TC coating developed for this proposed task will consist of candidate binary odr doped ceramic oxides metals of Zn, Zr, Ga, Ti, Al, and Mg. The coatings shall remain stable when exposed to space environment for long duration. Materials will be optimized to achieve a highly reflective coating throughout the solar spectrum. Testing of selected materials and coatings will be carried out to determine their potential space and ground stability.