Design of a silica-aerogel-based cosmic dust collector for the Tanpopo mission aboard the International Space Station

  title={Design of a silica-aerogel-based cosmic dust collector for the Tanpopo mission aboard the International Space Station},
  author={Makoto Tabata and Ei-ichi Imai and Hajime Yano and Hirofumi Hashimoto and Hideyuki Kawai and Yuko Kawaguchi and Kensei Kobayashi and Hajime Mita and Kyoko Okudaira and Satoshi Sasaki and Hikaru Yabuta and Shin-Ichi Yokobori and Akihiko Yamagishi},
  journal={arXiv: Instrumentation and Detectors},
We are developing a silica-aerogel-based cosmic dust collector for use in the Tanpopo experiment to be conducted on the International Space Station. The mass production of simple two-layer hydrophobic aerogels was undertaken in a contamination-controlled environment, yielding more than 100 undamaged products. The collector, comprising an aerogel tile and holder panel, was designed to resist launch vibration and to conform to an exposure attachment. To this end, a box-framing aerogel with inner… 

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