Space Environment Exposure Results from the MISSE 5 Polymer Film Thermal Control Experiment on the International Space Station
Miller SK, et al. (2009). "Space Environment Exposure Results from the MISSE 5 Polymer Film Thermal Control Experiment on the International Space Station."
It is known that polymer films can degrade in space due to exposure to the environment, but the magnitude of the mechanical property degradation and the degree to which the different environmental factors play a role in it is not well understood. This paper describes the results of an experiment flown on the Materials International Space Station Experiment (MISSE) 5 to determine the change in tensile strength and % elongation of some typical polymer films exposed in a nadir facing environment on the International Space Station and where possible compare to similar ram and wake facing experiments flown on MISSE 1 to get a better indication of the role the different environments play in mechanical property change.