Accession Number:

ADA531197

Title:

Collateral Damage to Satellites from an EMP Attack

Descriptive Note:

Technical rept.

Corporate Author:

DEFENSE THREAT REDUCTION AGENCY FORT BELVOIR VA

Report Date:

2010-08-01

Pagination or Media Count:

165.0

Abstract:

In support of The Commissions to Assess the Threat to the United States from Electromagnetic Pulse Attack, this paper examines the potential damage to satellites from high altitude nuclear detonations not specifically targeting space assets. We provide and overview of representative classes of satellites, their orbits, and their economic and military importance to the U.S. lessons learned from atmospheric nuclear test of the late 1950s and early 1960s are presented. In particular, the STARFISH PRIME test of 1962 injected long-lived trapped energetic electrons into Earths magnetic fields, causing the early demise of several satellites.

Subject Categories:

  • Electromagnetic Shielding
  • Fusion Devices (Thermonuclear)
  • Nuclear Radiation Shielding, Protection and Safety
  • Unmanned Spacecraft

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE