The behavior in space environment of evaporated Al uncoated and coated with reactively deposited silicon oxide (SiOx), electron beam evaporated SiO2 and A1203 and Al and Ag coated with double layers of Al203 + SiOx is compared metallized metallized Teflon and Kapton, anodized Al (Alzak), and white paints. Flight data from three calorimetric experiments and one reflectometer flown in different orbital environments are compared with laboratory test data. The results demonstrate that evaporated thin films are extremely versatile and stable coatings for space applications. Through the use of control samples studied in different laboratory tests and monitored for up to 12,000 hours of solar exposure in different orbits, a classification of orbital severity and an estimate of laboratory simulation accuracy is obtained.
Jack J. Triolo,
James B. Heaney,
"Coatings In Space Environment", Proc. SPIE 0121, Optics in Adverse Environments I, (20 January 1978); doi: 10.1117/12.955758; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.955758