In the laboratory of Tomsk Polytechnic University created a space environment

Space instruments are tested on Earth.
It’s no secret that open space is an environment extremely hostile to man. In addition to vacuum and weightlessness, astronauts are hit by solar radiation, extreme cold and the same heat. Similar effects are experienced and space technology.

Existing instruments are now capable of simulating only individual effects. The development of Tomsk scientists will create space conditions in the complex. The main experiments will be carried out on a vacuum generating unit. With its help, developers of new space technology will be able, in particular, to test the strength of protective coatings, their resistance to several types of external influences.

The installation consists of three compartments – the loading of samples, external influences and optical measurements. In the compartment of external influences, prototypes are exposed to solar radiation, irradiation with protons, electrons and thermal effects.

In the third compartment, the absorption coefficient of the object is measured by solar radiation. Currently, scientists are busy assembling the entire set of equipment and preparing it for the first tests.


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