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Ionospheric Multi-Point Measurements Using Tethered Satellite SensorsMany scientific questions concerning the distribution of electromagnetic fields and plasma structures in the ionosphere require measurements over relatively small temporal and spatial scales with as little ambiguity as possible. It is also often necessary to differentiate several geophysical parameters between horizontal and vertical gradients unambiguously. The availability of multiple tethered satellites or sensors, so-called "pearls-on-a-string," may make the necessary measurements practical. In this report we provide two examples of scientific questions which could benefit from such measurements (1) high-latitude magnetospheric-ionospheric coupling; and, (2) plasma structure impact on large and small-scale electrodynamics. Space tether state-of-the-art and special technical considerations addressing mission lifetime, sensor pointing, and multi-stream telemetry are reviewed.
Document ID
19980236893
Document Type
Reprint (Version printed in journal)
Authors
Gilchrist, B. E.
(Michigan Univ. Ann Arbor, MI United States)
Heelis, R. A.
(Texas Univ. Dallas, TX United States)
Raitt, W. J.
(Utah State Univ. Logan, UT United States)
Date Acquired
August 18, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1998
Publication Information
Publication: Measurement Techniques in Space Plasmas: Fields
Publisher: American Geophysical Union
Subject Category
Geophysics
Report/Patent Number
Geophysical-Monograph-103
Funding Number(s)
CONTRACT_GRANT: NAG5-4465
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Other

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