Accession Number : ADP002106

Title :   Electron Beam Experiments and Other Observations from STS-3,

Corporate Author : STANFORD UNIV CA SPACE TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND RADIOSCIENCE LAB

Personal Author(s) : Banks,P. M.

Report Date : 25 JAN 1983

Pagination or Media Count : 7

Abstract : The Vehicle Charging and Potential Experiment (V CAP) experiment was one of six major experiments flown on the OSS-1 pallet aboard STS-3 in March, 1982. The V CAP flight objective were both scientific and technological and included studies of natural electrical charging of the Orbiter, the effects of artificial electron beam emissions on the Orbiter electrical characteristics, and measurements of plasma phenomena. To determine plasma conditions, wave phenomena associated with pulsed and dc electron beam operations, the nature of the plasma environment within the payload bay, the feasibility of making ionospheric measurements from the Orbiter, and the characteristics of vehicle return currents to different parts of the Orbiter were measured.

Descriptors :   *Electron beams, *Experimental data, *Space shuttles, Observation, Ionosphere, Measurement, Electric charge, Electron emission

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE