Verification of the Effectiveness of Devices for the Protection of the Exterior Surface of ISS from Contaminants Deposited by Pulsed Cycling of Liquid-Jet (Kromka) - 01.09.14
Science Objectives for Everyone Kromka investigates the contamination of critical external surfaces (such as radiators, solar arrays, etc) caused by propulsion thrusters of the various vehicles flying to the ISS and is assessing the efficiency of various gas-dynamic protective devices to minimize thruster contamination.
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Sponsoring Space Agency
Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos)
ISS Expedition Duration:
August 2001 - September 2006
Previous ISS Missions
Checkout of the efficiency of operation of gas-dynamic protective devices accommodated on the Service module and designed to protect the ISS surfaces against contaminants produced by pulse activation of control liquid-jet thrusters. Study of the effect of contaminants deposition on the characteristics of materials specimens and external coatings of the ISS elements (radiators, solar array panels, etc.).
Boards with materials specimens.
Installation of boards with materials specimens on the external surface of the Zvezda Service module (SM) of the ISS RS in the periphery area of the jet of the thrusters nozzles during extravehicular activity. Passive exposure of the boards on the SM external surface. Dismounting of the boards after long-duration exposure during extravehicular activity and their return to the ground for processing of the experiment results.
- Coordinating Scientific and Technical Council of the Russian Space Agency [Russian]
- Energia - Science Research on the ISS Russian Segment
One of the specimen boards.
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