Overview of Space Environmental Effects

by Alan J. Watts, POD Associates, Inc, Albuquerque, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Engineering, Construction, and Operations in Space IV


The natural environment for low Earth orbit subjects satellites to various forms of damage, ranging from particulate impacts, ultraviolet light, atomic oxygen erosion and charged particle degradations. This paper summarizes several of these effects, with emphasis on synergies between them, and the implications for satellite performance.

Subject Headings: Satellites | Space exploration | Particles | Orbits | Erosion | Ultraviolet radiation | Chemical degradation

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