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Mechanical design of a Langmuir probe for a QuadSat PnP satellite
Author(s): Jordan Klepper; Andrei Zagrai; Anders Jorgensen
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Paper Abstract

In recent years, there is an increasing interest in utilizing small, efficient, plug-and-play (PnP) designs for components of satellite systems. This contribution describes a mechanical design of a sensor package to be placed aboard an AAC Microtec QuadSat PnP Satellite. A sensor package includes a Langmuir Plasma Probe (LPP) for the in-orbit measurement of plasma properties. By measuring the potential between the electrode in the plasma and the electrode outside the plasma, a function can be developed between the voltage potential and the current flowing back out of the plasma. The paper details mechanical design, fabrication, and system integration of a low cost, low mass LPP on aboard of a QuadSat PnP Satellite. The mission life of the satellite, governing the sensor package design, is anticipated to be one month. Details of the sensor package mechanical design are provided and sensor validation procedures are discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 April 2012
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 8345, Sensors and Smart Structures Technologies for Civil, Mechanical, and Aerospace Systems 2012, 83454N (6 April 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.918636
Show Author Affiliations
Jordan Klepper, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (United States)
Andrei Zagrai, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (United States)
Anders Jorgensen, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8345:
Sensors and Smart Structures Technologies for Civil, Mechanical, and Aerospace Systems 2012
Masayoshi Tomizuka; Chung-Bang Yun; Jerome P. Lynch, Editor(s)

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