Interactions Measurements Payload for Shuttle (IMPS).
Final rept. 1 Nov 81-30 Sep 82,
JET PROPULSION LAB PASADENA CA
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The Interactions Measurements Payload for Shuttle IMPS is being developed by the Air Force Geophysics Laboratory AFGL to study interactions between large space vehicles such as the Shuttle and the low-altitude plasma environment over the polar-caps and in the auroral zone. This report details that plan and presents a long-range program for studying spacecraft interactions. The specific technology questions addressed in the IMPS mission are what are the limits within which high voltagehigh power systems can be operated without arcing or significant power loss, what hazards might hamper astronaut EVA in the auroral and polar-cap regions, can the deleterious effects of plasma interactions be limited, does passage through the auroral and polar-cap regions affect the shuttle-induced bay environment, and how do material properties change during a shuttle mission and do these changes alter shuttle interactions with the environment. Three versions of the IMPS payload capable of addressing these issues are presented.
- Atmospheric Physics
- Unmanned Spacecraft