Space Systems Environmental Interaction Studies
AMPTEK INC BEDFORD MA
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A significant level of effort was expended during the report period, on Task 1 the Photovoltaic Array Space Power Plus Diagnostics PASP Plus experiment, and on Task 3 the Space Wave Interactions with Plasmas Experiment SWIPE. A somewhat lower level of effort went into Task 2, the Charging Hazards and Wake Studies CHAWS program. Under Task 1, the APEX system, environmental and comprehensive performance tests were supported. In addition, the hardware and software design for the Ground Support Equipment GSE to support launch and on- orbit operations was finalized, assembled, tested and shipped to the satellite control center. On Task 3, hardware was designed and built for the upcoming SWIPE mission on the OEDIPUS-C rocket launch. A good deal of time went into writing instrument software as well. This work is still on-going. Task 2 efforts dealt largely with designing and procuring a state-of-the-art anode array for an enhanced capability instrument, to be used on a future flight opportunity.
- Electric Power Production and Distribution
- Plasma Physics and Magnetohydrodynamics
- Radio Communications
- Command, Control and Communications Systems