The plasma-spacecraft interface on small-scale spacecraft with implications for electrodynamic tether systems

Jesse K. McTernan, Sven G. Bilen

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Abstract

Laboratory experiments were conducted to determine the effect of geometry on current collection to small-scale spacecraft immersed in a low Earth orbit-type plasma. We found that a metallic cube of the same scale size as a CubeSat collects a comparable amount of current to an equal-area sphere. We outline several future investigations to address questions regarding how to accurately compare the disparate geometries; how geometry and applied voltage affect the ambient plasma; and what effect material properties have on the current-voltage relationship. These results have implication for small-scale electrodynamic tether systems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAIAA SPACE 2013 Conference and Exposition
StatePublished - Oct 7 2013
EventAIAA SPACE 2013 Conference and Exposition - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: Sep 10 2013Sep 12 2013

Publication series

NameAIAA SPACE 2013 Conference and Exposition

Other

OtherAIAA SPACE 2013 Conference and Exposition
CountryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA
Period9/10/139/12/13

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Tetherlines
electrodynamics
Electrodynamics
Spacecraft
spacecraft
Plasmas
plasma
geometry
Geometry
low Earth orbits
Electric potential
electric potential
Materials properties
Orbits
Earth (planet)
Experiments
effect

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Space and Planetary Science
  • Aerospace Engineering

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McTernan, J. K., & Bilen, S. G. (2013). The plasma-spacecraft interface on small-scale spacecraft with implications for electrodynamic tether systems. In AIAA SPACE 2013 Conference and Exposition (AIAA SPACE 2013 Conference and Exposition).
McTernan, Jesse K. ; Bilen, Sven G. / The plasma-spacecraft interface on small-scale spacecraft with implications for electrodynamic tether systems. AIAA SPACE 2013 Conference and Exposition. 2013. (AIAA SPACE 2013 Conference and Exposition).
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McTernan JK, Bilen SG. The plasma-spacecraft interface on small-scale spacecraft with implications for electrodynamic tether systems. In AIAA SPACE 2013 Conference and Exposition. 2013. (AIAA SPACE 2013 Conference and Exposition).