Accession Number : AD0784826

Title :   Microwave Breakdown on the RANT Flight Antennas: Preflight Tests.

Descriptive Note : Interim rept.,

Corporate Author : AEROSPACE CORP EL SEGUNDO CALIF LAB OPERATIONS

Personal Author(s) : Light,Glenn C.

Report Date : 08 AUG 1974

Pagination or Media Count : 32

Abstract : The report summarizes all of the laboratory breakdown data obtained by the contractor with the RANT S-band and VHF flight antennas. Comparisons are made between the observed and expected values of breakdown power for the observed values of pulse duration to breakdown for all of the data. The calculations were done using the Aerospace breakdown code (BRKDN4) for pulsed breakdown in uniform air in a nonuniform electric field. It was concluded that values of power incident on the antennas are in better agreement with values deduced from preassembly individual component tests than with those from the incident-power measurement system incorporated in the assembled vehicle. It was further concluded that best agreement between predicted and observed breakdown power is obtained if it is assumed that the antenna efficiencies are 0.49 for VHF and 0.68 for S-band. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Antennas, *Reentrant electronics, Reentry vehicles, Breakdown(Electronic threshold), S band, Very high frequency, Microwaves, Blackout(Propagation)

Subject Categories : Electrical and Electronic Equipment

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE