Accession Number : ADP002118

Title :   Mechanisms That Limit Potentials on Ionospheric Satellites,

Corporate Author : S-CUBED LA JOLLA CA

Personal Author(s) : Parks,D. E. ; Katz,I.

Report Date : 25 JAN 1983

Pagination or Media Count : 5

Abstract : Mechanisms that limit the electric potential on the body of an ionospheric satellite are considered. For spinning satellites with dielectric coatings it is shown that the currents of rotating charge embedded in the dielectric surface play a role in limiting the spacecraft ground potential relative to the surrounding plasma.

Descriptors :   *Computations, *Space charge, *Artificial satellites, *Electric fields, Ionosphere, Electricity, Voltage, Coatings, Dielectrics, Spacecraft

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE