An experimental and theoretical investigation was carried out to evaluate the degradation of the solar cells and other sensitive surfaces of a spacecraft, resulting from the molecular outgassing of an expended solid propellant apogee motor. The motor, following its burnout, is retained by the spacecraft and is a source of gases and particulates which will be released mainly by the unburned propellant-to-casing insulation. The deployment of the solar array within a few minutes after the motor burn results in the interception and reflection to the surfaces of the spacecraft of the molecular outgassing and particulates. Various methods, based on some experimental data, were used to analytically assess the magnitude of the outgassing from the engine.
ENERGY PRODUCTION AND CONVERSION
NASA. Goddard Space Flight Center Ninth Conf. on Space Simulation; p 221-241