Transient Pulse Monitor (TPM)
Final rept. Sep 1986-Apr 1991
SRI INTERNATIONAL MENLO PARK CA
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The Transient Pulse Monitor TPM detects and characterizes transient electric fields and currents on satellites to help investigate arc discharge phenomena affecting spacecraft operation in various space environments. The TPM was originally developed to measure arc discharge parameters for several different experiments on a combined mission. However, in its present configuration, the TPM will be used to characterize arc discharges resulting from high-voltage solar-array operation simulated by biasing in the low-to medium-altitude space-plasma environment for Phillips Laboratorys Photovoltaic Array Space Power Plus Diagnostics PASP Plus experiment. This report describes the TPM design, the nature of its measurements, and the results of the calibration and environmental testing of the instrument in its flight configuration as part of the PASP Plus experiment.
- Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods
- Plasma Physics and Magnetohydrodynamics