TITLE

Space-DRUMSâ„¢ experimental development using parabolic reduced gravity flights

AUTHOR(S)
Guigne´, J. Y.; Davidson, R.; Millan, D.
PUB. DATE
January 2000
SOURCE
AIP Conference Proceedings;2000, Vol. 504 Issue 1, p356
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Space-DRUMS™ is a microgravity containerless-processing facility that uses acoustic beams to position large diameter liquid or solid samples within a gas-filled chamber. Its capacity to control the position of large diameter (6 cm) low density solid materials was successfully demonstrated on NASA’s DC-9 parabolic aircraft in July 1996; two subsequent flights occurred in 1998 using the KC-135 and A-300 aircraft to further refine the technology used in the system. The working environment for the Space-DRUMS™ facility is the Space Shuttle/Space Station where long duration microgravity experimentation can take place. Since the reduced gravity environment of an A-300 or a KC-135 parabolic flight is much harsher than that of the Space Shuttle in terms of residual acceleration magnitudes experienced by the samples to be held in position; this more extreme environment allows for most Space-DRUMS™ technical payload functionality tests to be conducted. In addition to flight hardware shakedowns, parabolic flights continue to be extensively used to study and evaluate the behavior of candidate-advanced materials proposed for ISS Space-DRUMS™ campaigns. The first samples to be processed in 2001 involve combustion synthesis (also known as SHS—Self-propagating High Temperature Synthesis) of large glass-ceramic and of porous ceramic spheres. Upmassing Space-DRUMS™ for the International Space Station is scheduled for early 2001. © 2000 American Institute of Physics.
ACCESSION #
5985123

 

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