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Charged particle environment for NGST: L2 plasma environment statistics
Author(s): Joseph I. Minow; William C. Blackwell Jr.; Linda F. Neergaard; Steven W. Evans; Donna M. Hardage; Jerry K. Owens
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Paper Abstract

The plasma environment encountered by the Next Generation Space Telescope satellite in a halo orbit about L2 can include the Earth's magnetotail and magnetosheath in addition to the solar wind depending on the orbital radius chosen for the mission. Analysis of plasma environment impacts on the satellite requires knowledge of the average and extreme plasma characteristics to assess the magnitude of spacecraft charging and materials degradation expected for the mission lifetime. This report describes the analysis of plasma data from instruments onboard the IMP 8 and Geotail spacecraft used to produce the plasma database for the LRAD engineering-level phenomenology code developed to provide the NGST L2 environment definition.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 July 2000
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 4013, UV, Optical, and IR Space Telescopes and Instruments, (28 July 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.393969
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Joseph I. Minow, Sverdrup Technology, Inc. (United States)
William C. Blackwell Jr., Sverdrup Technology, Inc. (United States)
Linda F. Neergaard, Sverdrup Technology, Inc. (United States)
Steven W. Evans, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Donna M. Hardage, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Jerry K. Owens, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4013:
UV, Optical, and IR Space Telescopes and Instruments
James B. Breckinridge; Peter Jakobsen, Editor(s)

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