AMJ-700-IBU Blue Paint/Coating for Logos and Emblems on Spacecraft

AMJ-700 after solar exposure in Earth orbit
Above AMJ-700-IBU sample stayed the same color1 after 4 years of space exposure on MISSE.

AMJ-700-IBU is an inorganic blue paint developed for use on spacecraft and satellites.  A specialized pigment in a silicate binder, AMJ-700-IBU can be spray deposited with standard air spray painting equipment or high-volume low-pressure system to form a bendable inorganic nonspecular blue marker coating for use on emblems, logos, signs etc. on spacecraft / satellites. NASA has tested AMJ-700-IBU exposed to atomic oxygen (AO) fluence of 5.6  x 1022 atoms/cm2 and vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) energy.  It has also be tested for resistance to ultraviolet (UV) radiation for a duration of 566 equivalent solar hours.  Less than 2% deterioration in solar absorptance (α_s) and less than 1% change in thermal emittance (ε_t). AMJ-700-IBU will be tested in the near future for flammability and toxicity requirements per NHB 8060.1C and being completely inorganic this coating is expected to pass these tests.

This spacecraft / satellite paint has been thoroughly tested in space, having been flown on the Materials International Space Station Experiment (MISSE). AZ Technology used AMJ-700-IBU in coating all NASA logos (and ESA logos) currently on the International Space Station (view image at lower left).

View pre- and post-flight data for AMJ-700-IBU on MISSE (after 4 years in space) .

The table below lists the optical and application parameters of cured AMJ-700-IBU.

Nominal Surface ResistivityN/A
Thermal Emittance (ε_t)0.88 ± 0.02
Solar Absorptance (α_s)~0.76 at ≥ 3.0 mils thickness
Use Temperature Range-180 C to 900 C
Appearance/ColorNonspecular optical blue
Nominal Dry Thickness3.0 ± 1.0 mils (over 85% of coated area)
ASTM D3359A Adhesion GradeNot less than 3A
Full Cure7 Days
Coating coverage estimates can be found here.

Note: terms reflectance, emittance and absorptance and terms reflectivity, emissivity and absorptivity are often used interchangeably.

1On screen color may vary.