It is ISS-Reshetnev’s Industrial Center that develops and carries out qualification tests on new materials, reviews their application in satellite structures. The Industrial Center has a dedicated department specializing in materials science.
The Center is aimed at:
- the development of composite materials, coatings applied to satellites’ external surfaces, advanced polymer, textile and metallic materials;
- measurement of physical and mechanical, thermophysical, electrical, optical properties of materials and coatings, determination of their structure and element composition;
- measurement of materials’ outgassing parameters (mass loss and volatile condensable materials loss) according to the GOST R 50109-92 standard and the international ECSS-Q-70-02A standard;
- testing the influence of storage and satellite operation factors (corrosion resistance, resistance to thermal cycling in vacuum, ionizing radiation and space environment factors) following which a statement of acceptability of the use of this material in satellites is issued, taking into account mission duration and operating conditions.