meteor bumper

meteor bumper

[′mēd·ē·ər ‚bəm·pər]
(aerospace engineering)
A thin shield around a space vehicle designed to dissipate the energy of impacting meteoric particles.
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In 1946 he designed a "meteor bumper," a thin protective shield attached to a spacecraft to absorb the impact of meteoroids (traveling at many miles per second) by breaking up the particles into harmless clouds of debris.