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This practice describes the standard procedures for providing exposure of thermal control materials to a simulated space environment comprising of the major features of vacuum, electromagnetic radiation, charged particle radiation, and temperature control. Broad recommendations relating to spectral reflectance measurements, as well as test parameters and other information that should be reported as an aid in interpreting test results are delineated. Specifications are provided for the vacuum system, solar simulator, charged particle sources, safety precautions, and data interpretation.
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1.1 This practice describes procedures for providing exposure of thermal control materials to a simulated space environment comprising the major features of vacuum, electromagnetic radiation, charged particle radiation, and temperature control.
1.2 Broad recommendations relating to spectral reflectance measurements are made.
1.3 Test parameters and other information that should be reported as an aid in interpreting test results are delineated.
1.4 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.
2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.
E275 Practice for Describing and Measuring Performance of Ultraviolet and Visible Spectrophotometers
E296 Practice for Ionization Gage Application to Space Simulators
E349 Terminology Relating to Space Simulation
E434 Test Method for Calorimetric Determination of Hemispherical Emittance and the Ratio of Solar Absorptance to Hemispherical Emittance Using Solar Simulation
E490 Standard Solar Constant and Zero Air Mass Solar Spectral Irradiance Tables
E491 Practice for Solar Simulation for Thermal Balance Testing of Spacecraft
E903 Test Method for Solar Absorptance, Reflectance, and Transmittance of Materials Using Integrating Spheres
ICS Number Code 49.025.40 (Rubber and plastics)
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ASTM E512-94(2015), Standard Practice for Combined, Simulated Space Environment Testing of Thermal Control Materials with Electromagnetic and Particulate Radiation, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2015, www.astm.orgBack to Top