Accession Number : ADP002114

Title :   Space Electron-Induced Discharge Coupling into Satellite Electronics,

Corporate Author : IRT CORP SAN DIEGO CA

Personal Author(s) : Wilkenfeld,J.

Report Date : 25 JAN 1983

Pagination or Media Count : 20

Abstract : The USAF and NASA began the Spacecraft Charging at High Altitude (SCATHA) program because indirect evidence indicated that discharges induced by space electrons in spacecraft dielectrics could generate sufficient electromagnetic energy to cause spacecraft malfunction or failure. The ultimate cause must be related to the coupling of energy from the discharge into circuits that then malfunction: either an upset (uncommanded change of state) or electrical burnout of components, occurs. The draft of this document contains information that designers need to develop spacecraft that are resistant to electron-induced discharges.

Descriptors :   *Space charge, *Dielectrics, *Spacecraft, *Malfunctions, Electromagnetic radiation, High altitude, Coupling(Interaction)

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE