Simulation of radiative electrization of spacecraft leeward surfaces in the ionosphere

1Shuvalov, VA, 2Kochubey, GS, 2Priymak, AI, 3Gubin, VV, 2Reznichenko, NP
1Institute of Technical Mechanics of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine and the State Space Agency of Ukraine, Dnipro
2Institute of Technical Mechanics of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine and the State Space Agency of Ukraine, Dnipropetrovsk
3Institute of Technical Mechanics of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine and State Space Agency of Ukraine, Dnipropetrovsk
Kosm. nauka tehnol. 2001, 7 ;(5-6):030-043
Section: Spacecrafts and Payloads
Publication Language: Russian
Abstract: 
Methodology is elaborated for the physical modelling of the radiative electrization of leeward surfaces of spacecraft construction elements by auroral electrons in a supersonic flow of ionospheric plasma past the spacecraft at low and middle heights. Based on the results of stand and numerical experiments and measurements on location, we determined the charging levels and the equilibrium potentials as functions of the concentration ratios of high-energy electrons and positive ions in the track immediately behind the body and in the undisturbed plasma.
Keywords: ionosphere, radiative electrization, undisturbed plasma
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