Spacecraft Charging

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Shu T. Lai
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 2011 - Science - 179 pages
This book explains how satellites and spacecraft materials can become charged to tens or even thousands of volts when plasmas in the space environment interact with them. It provides an overview of the what, when, where, how, and why spacecraft charging occurs. Coverage includes: properties of spacecraft charging and the underlying physical mechanisms; causes of energetic plasmas; how to protect spacecraft entering the harsh space environment; adverse effects of electrostatic discharges on spacecraft; spacecraft charging in auroral region; and deep dielectric charging by energetic electrons as causes of satellite anomalies and failures

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