Floating bare tether as upper atmosphere probe

Sanmartín Losada, Juan Ramón and Charro, Mario and Peláez Álvarez, Jesús and Tinao, I. and Elaskar, Sergio and Hilgers, A. and Martínez-Sánchez, Manuel (2006). Floating bare tether as upper atmosphere probe. "Journal of Geophysical Research", v. 111 ; p. 11310. ISSN 0148-0227. https://doi.org/10.1029/2006JA01162A.


Title: Floating bare tether as upper atmosphere probe
  • Sanmartín Losada, Juan Ramón
  • Charro, Mario
  • Peláez Álvarez, Jesús
  • Tinao, I.
  • Elaskar, Sergio
  • Hilgers, A.
  • Martínez-Sánchez, Manuel
Item Type: Article
Título de Revista/Publicación: Journal of Geophysical Research
Date: 2006
ISSN: 0148-0227
Volume: 111
Faculty: E.T.S.I. Aeronáuticos (UPM)
Department: Física Aplicada a la Ingeniería Aeronáutica [hasta 2014]
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - No derivative works - Non commercial

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Use of a conductive bare tape electrically floating in low Earth orbit as an effective electron beam source to produce artificial auroral effects, free of problems that mard tandard beams, is considered. Ambient ions impacting the tape with keV energies over most of its length liberate secondary electrons that race down the magnetic field, excite neutrals in the E layer, and result in auroral emissions. The tether would operate with both a power supply and a plasma contactor off at nighttime; power and contactor would be on at daytime for reboost. Tomographic analysis of auroral emissions from the footprint of the beam, as observed from the spacecraft, can provide density profiles of dominant neutral species in the E layer. A characteristic tether system, at altitude 300 km and moderate orbital inclination, would involve an aluminum tape with a length of 20 km, a width of 15 mm, and a thickness of 0.2 mm for a full-system mass around 1200 kg, with two thirds going into the power subsystem.

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Item ID: 22708
DC Identifier: https://oa.upm.es/22708/
OAI Identifier: oai:oa.upm.es:22708
DOI: 10.1029/2006JA01162A
Official URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1029/2006JA011624
Deposited by: Biblioteca ETSI Aeronauticos
Deposited on: 05 Mar 2014 07:48
Last Modified: 05 Dec 2016 08:34
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