Accession Number:

ADA415131

Title:

Spacecraft Charging at Geosynchronous Altitudes: Current-Balance and Critical Temperature in a Non-Maxwellian Plasma

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis Aug 2001-Mar 2003

Corporate Author:

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

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2003-03-25

Pagination or Media Count:

92.0

Abstract:

Spacecraft charging threatens to disable spacecraft components and adversely impact any satellite function. Electrostatic charge, and especially discharge, can hinder the proper operation of, or destroy, spacecraft components, thereby rendering the spacecraft ineffective or inoperative. The level of charging is dependent on the particle energy speed distribution. Current spacecraft design and material provide limited protection against the dangers of electrostatic discharge, and active measures such as beam emission are also employed.

Subject Categories:

  • Electricity and Magnetism
  • Unmanned Spacecraft

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE