Accession Number : ADB064872
Title : Radiation Hardness Assessment of the Millipound Pulsed Plasma Thruster Electronic Subsystem. Volume I.
Descriptive Note : Final rept. 5 Sep 79-31 Mar 80,
Corporate Author : SPIRE CORP BEDFORD MA
Personal Author(s) : Face,Steven H.
Report Date : DEC 1981
Pagination or Media Count : 129
Abstract : A preliminary assessment of the radiation hardness of the electronics subsystem of the Fairchild pulsed plasma thruster is presented. Both the natural and artificial radiation environment in space are considered. The total dose and transient effects of high-energy electrons, gamma rays, x-rays, neutrons and electromagnetic pulsed are reviewed for various types of solid-state devices, including transistors, diodes, SCRs, integrated circuits, resistors and capacitors. Recommendations are made for component choices, circuit designs, shielding and testing to minimize long term degradation and circuit upsets from space radiation. (Author)
Descriptors : *Plasma engines, *Thrusters, *Electric propulsion, *Pulse generators, *Radiation hardening, Integrated circuits, Extraterrestrial radiation, Degradation, Solid state electronics, Radiation, Pulses, Natural radioactivity, Transistors, High energy, Neutrons, Electrons, Test and evaluation, Transients, Diodes, Gamma rays, Capacitors
Subject Categories : Plasma Physics and Magnetohydrodynamics
Electric and Ion Propulsion
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE