Preliminary langmuir probe analysis from ESPRIT

Adam C. Escobar, Sven G. Bilen, C. Russell Philbrick

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Abstract

On 1 July 2006, the ESPRIT sounding rocket launched several student-built scientific instruments from Andøya Rocket Range in Norway. Two of the instruments had the objective of characterizing the plasma environment: Langmuir probes and a plasma frequency probe. This paper presents a brief overview of the ESPRIT mission, but focuses mostly on the analysis of the Langmuir probes experiment. The Langmuir probes experiment included one swept-bias probe and one fixed-bias probe, both radial to the payload axis. Comparisons between datasets from the Langmuir probes and the ground-based instruments are emphasized. A preliminary investigation of die Langmuir probe data shows several interesting features. The scientific measurements include the presence of a noctilucent cloud (NLC), polar mesospheric summer echo (PMSE), and a sporadic-E layer.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)263-268
Number of pages6
JournalEuropean Space Agency, (Special Publication) ESA SP
Issue number647 SP
StatePublished - Jun 1 2007
Event18th ESA Symposium on European Rocket and Balloon Programmes and Related Research - Visby, Sweden
Duration: Jun 3 2007Jun 7 2007

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Space and Planetary Science

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