Accession Number : ADA185657

Title :   Flight Model Discharge System.

Descriptive Note : Rept. for Dec 85-Feb 87,

Corporate Author : HUGHES RESEARCH LABS MALIBU CA

Personal Author(s) : Robson, R R ; Williamson, W S ; Santoru, J

PDF Url : ADA185657

Report Date : Apr 1987

Pagination or Media Count : 92

Abstract : The Flight Model Discharge System (FMDS) Program has completed its third year. The FMDS is a spacecraft charge-control system designed to overcome the problem of charge buildup on a space vehicle which occurs during periods of adverse space environmental conditions. An overview of the FMDS system is presented, followed by an in-depth treatment of the significant technical developments that have occurred during the past year. The major areas covered include the plasma generator lifetest and the system thermal analysis. Keywords include: Spacecraft charging, FMDS, Spacecraft automatic active discharge system, and flight model discharge system.

Descriptors :   *SPACECRAFT, *ELECTRIC DISCHARGES, *PLASMA GENERATORS, ADVERSE CONDITIONS, ELECTRIC CHARGE, FLIGHT, GENERATORS, MODELS, PLASMAS(PHYSICS), SPACE ENVIRONMENTS, SYSTEMS ANALYSIS, THERMAL ANALYSIS, CONTROL SYSTEMS, BREADBOARD MODELS, NEUTRAL

Subject Categories : Unmanned Spacecraft
      Electricity and Magnetism
      Plasma Physics and Magnetohydrodynamics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE