The Space Environment Interaction Engineering: Physics, Test Technology, and Experimental Validation
25 October, 3 and 8 November 2022
In order to use space for scientific and commercial purposes, it is necessary to understand the Low Earth Orbit (LEO) space environment where most of the activities are now and will be in the future, carried out. LEO environment includes severe hazards such as Atomic Oxygen (AO), Ultraviolet (UV) Radiation, Ionizing Radiation, High Vacuum, Plasma, Micrometeoroids, Debris, Severe Temperature Cycles, and, for some systems, the Re-Entry Environment. It is important to note that these environmental characteristics do simultaneously affect the space systems, materials, and structures, with a remarkable synergistic effect. In order to understand these synergistic effects, whether experimental or theoretical, numerical approaches are of essential importance, as the comprehension of the operative environment becomes a key point to extending the operative life of satellites and structures and withstanding aggressive conditions.
The course is based on the physics of Space Environment and it is completed with an in-depth analysis of both ground testing methods and the validation of experimental tests according to current regulations given by the major agencies such as ESA and NASA.