ITL is also secured space for a number of samples on the MISSE-17 flight to the ISS.
NEW MATERIALS FOR LEO, GEO AND PLANETARY ENVIRONMENTS ON MISSE-17
Next step in evaluating in ram and wake directions the robustness of ITL technologies
ITL developed a charge dissipative multifunctional coating with dust mitigation properties, for surface energy minimization that can be applied to the surfaces of various space materials. A few thermal control materials, i. e. a pristine and metalized Kapton HN and a metalized Teflon FEP were treated with this proprietary coating and will be checked in the ram and the wake directions on the 6-month MISSE-17 flight. In ram direction two thermal control materials, i. e a 1 mil KaptonHN with a doped DLC on it and an aluminized 1 mil KaptonHN with a DLC film on it will be provided. For the wake position two of our new thermal control materials, i. e. a doped DLC on a 1 mil aluminized KaptonHN and a doped DLC on a silver-coated Teflon FEP will be provided, to check both for thermal cycling and UV exposures. In addition, two samples of Lunar dust Work Function Matching Coating (WFMC) on Kapton HN (WFMC/Kapton) will be prepared and added, one in ram direction and one in wake direction.
The samples were delivered to AEGIS and will be flying on SpX-27, which is tentatively scheduled for launch on the evening of Friday, March 10th from Kennedy Space Center as part of the MISSE-17 mission on the International Space Station.
We would like to thank NASA – National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Aegis Aerospace Inc., the the Canadian Space Agency and ITL staff for devotion to this project.