Recording Meteoroidal and Technogenic Particles on the External Surface of the Service Module of the Russian Segment of ISS (Meteoroid) - 10.21.14

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Principal Investigator(s)

  • V. G. Sokolov, S.P. Korolev RSC Energia, Russia

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    Sponsoring Space Agency
    Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos)

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    ISS Expedition Duration
    March 2001 - September 2006

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    Experiment Description

    Research Overview
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    Refinement of the model of spatial-time distribution of meteoroid and man-made matter through permanent monitoring of space environment in the ISS operation orbit.

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    Operational Requirements
    Stationary capacitor sensors, Removable capacitor sensor, Electronics unit to record impact effect of meteoroid and man-made bodies on capacitor sensors.

    Operational Protocols
    Permanent monitoring of meteoroid conditions throughout the flight path. Generation of statistical data on densities of meteor and man-made particles in a size range from 10 to 100 micrometers affecting various elements of the external surface of the Service Module (SM). Assessment of erodibility of SM external surface. Obtaining of quantitative characteristics of affecting meteoroid and man-made bodies (size, density, velocity) during postflight analysis.

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    Results/More Information
    Increase of space flight safety.

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    Related Websites
    Energia - Science Research on the ISS Russian Segment

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    image Micrometeor monitoring system consisting of stationary capacitor sensors, removable capacitor sensor, electronics unit to record impact effect of meteoroid and man-made bodies on capacitor sensors.
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