Self-Sealing Shields for Micrometeorite Protection

  • E. D. Funk
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Cryogenic Engineering book series (ACRE, volume 11)


The meteoroid environment of space presents a potential hazard in propellant losses due to meteorite penetration. Earth-orbit and long-range space vehicle missions rely upon sufficient propellant volumes for successful completion. A small leak from a meteorite puncture in the propellant tanks could cause complete failure of a long-range mission. Two approaches can be taken to eliminate this problem of leakage: (1) prevent meteorite penetration, and (2) allow meteorite penetration and seal the puncture.


Porous Medium Differential Pressure Space Vehicle Liquid Hydrogen Meteorite Impact 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1966

Authors and Affiliations

  • E. D. Funk
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  1. 1.NASA George C. Marshall Space Flight CenterHuntsvilleUSA

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