Accession Number:

ADA202577

Title:

The Use of Chaff in Space as a Jamming Device between Ground Stations and Satellites

Descriptive Note:

Masters thesis

Corporate Author:

AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1988-12-01

Pagination or Media Count:

172.0

Abstract:

This study predicts the time evolution of the attenuation characteristics of a chaff cloud deployed in orbit around the earth. The study consists of three parts applying the statistical mechanics solution of a satellite breakup model by William Heard of the Naval Research Laboratory, solving for particle density at any time after dispensing, and calculating the attenuation of an 8 GHz signal through the cloud. The study shows that significant levels of signal attenuation can be achieved, with attenuations of greater than -50 db lasting for several hours. Theses.

Subject Categories:

  • Countermeasures
  • Unmanned Spacecraft

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE