A Severe Spacecraft-Charging Event on SCATHA in September 1982,
AEROSPACE CORP EL SEGUNDO CA SPACE SCIENCES LAB
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On September 22, 1982, 29 large amplitude electrostatic discharges were detected by the Pulse Analyzer onboard the SCATHA satellite. Seventeen of these pulses exceeded the maximum voltage discrimination level, which was set to 7.4 volts. This was the worst instance of electrostatic discharges encountered to date by the SCATHA satellite. Three different spacecraft anomalies occurred on SCATHA that day, the most serious being a two-minute loss of data. During this same time period, the Surface Potential Monitor experiment aboard the satellite measured the largest differential surface charging observed in the data since the satellites launch in January 1979. Keywords Electrostatic discharges Spacecraft anomalies Spacecraft charging.
- Unmanned Spacecraft
- Electricity and Magnetism