Accession Number:

ADA277834

Title:

Potential Threat of Solar Proton Events to Missions in Space

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

PHILLIPS LAB HANSCOM AFB MA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1992-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

12.0

Abstract:

The flux of solar protons impacting on spacecraft is a of the location and orbit of the vehicle. Solar proton events will not affect low inclination low altitude orbits and will only moderately impact a polar orbiting vehicle. However, lunar and interplanetary missions may be seriously impacted by a very large flux of energetic solar protons. A summary of our knowledge of solar proton events as acquired ma the past half century is presented together with a description of the potential threat of solar protons on various spacecraft orbits both within and beyond the magnetosphere.

Subject Categories:

  • Astrophysics
  • Astronautics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE