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Failures and anomalies attributed to spacecraft chargingThe effects of spacecraft charging can be very detrimental to electronic systems utilized in space missions. Assuring that subsystems and systems are protected against charging is an important engineering function necessary to assure mission success. Spacecraft charging is expected to have a significant role in future space activities and programs. Objectives of this reference publication are to present a brief overview of spacecraft charging, to acquaint the reader with charging history, including illustrative cases of charging anomalies, and to introduce current spacecraft charging prevention activities of the Electromagnetics and Environments Branch, Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
Document ID
Document Type
Other - NASA Reference Publication (RP)
Leach, R. D.
(NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, AL, United States)
Alexander, M. B.
(NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, AL, United States)
Date Acquired
September 6, 2013
Publication Date
August 1, 1995
Subject Category
Spacecraft Design, Testing And Performance
Report/Patent Number
NAS 1.61:1375
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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