Electric discharge processes in the ISS plasma environment

1Tverdokhlebova, EM, 1Korsun, AG, 1Gabdullin, FF, 1Karabadzhak, GF
1Central Research Institute of Mechanical Engineering, Korolev, Moscow region, Russia
Kosm. nauka tehnol. 2004, 10 ;(5-6):012-016
Publication Language: Russian
We consider the behaviour of the electric discharges which can be initiated between constructional elements of the International Space Station (ISS) due to the electric field of high-voltaic solar arrays (HVSA). The characteristics of the ISS plasma environment are evaluated taking into account the influence of space ionizing fluxes, the Earth's magnetic field, and the HVSA's electric field. We offer the statement of the space experiment «Plasma-ISS», the aim of which is to investigate, using optical emission characteristics, parameters of the ISS plasma environment formed at operation of both the onboard engines and other plasma sources.
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