A Spacecraft Charging Capability for SXTF.
Final rept. 10 Oct 77-30 Nov 78,
IRT CORP SAN DIEGO CA
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This report assesses the impact of including a spacecraft charging capability in the proposed Satellite x-ray Test Facility SXTF. Three questions have been addressed What is the nature of the environment to be simulated What hardware is available for simulation of this environment What is the impact on the design, construction, cost, and operation of SXTF A set of recommended source hardware is presented. At a minimum, both low energy tens of keV and high energy MeV electron sources should be included as well as a UV source. Whether the electron sources should produce a polyenergetic output is to be determined. Inclusion of low energy electron sources requires that the geomagnetic field be cancelled inside the tank. Incorporation of high energy electron sources poses several design and operational problems in regard to shielding for personnel safety, incorporation of a fail safe mode of operation to prevent damage to test object or equipment, and in a need to provide adequate space for the sources and shielding. Author
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