14 May 2007 An infrared solution to a national priority NASA ice detection and measurement problem
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NASA has a serious problem with ice that forms on the cryogenic-filled Space Shuttle External Tank (ET) that could endanger the crew and vehicle. This problem has defied resolution in the past. To find a solution, a cooperative agreement was developed between NASA-Kennedy Space Center (KSC) and the U.S. Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Research, Development & Engineering Center (TARDEC). This paper describes the need, initial investigation, solution methodology, and some results for a mobile near-infrared (IR) ice detection and measurement system developed by MDA of Canada and jointly tested by the U.S. Army TARDEC and NASA. Performance results achieved demonstrate that the pre-launch inspection system has the potential to become a critical tool in addressing NASA's ice problem.
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Thomas Meitzler, Thomas Meitzler, Darryl Bryk, Darryl Bryk, Euijung Sohn, Euijung Sohn, Mary Bienkowski, Mary Bienkowski, Gregory Smith, Gregory Smith, Kimberly Lane, Kimberly Lane, Rachel Jozwiak, Rachel Jozwiak, Thomas Moss, Thomas Moss, Robert Speece, Robert Speece, Charles Stevenson, Charles Stevenson, Dennis Gregoris, Dennis Gregoris, James Ragusa, James Ragusa, } "An infrared solution to a national priority NASA ice detection and measurement problem", Proc. SPIE 6542, Infrared Technology and Applications XXXIII, 65423I (14 May 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.716915; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.716915

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