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Spacecraft-Environment Interactions

ISBN-10: 0521607566
ISBN-13: 9780521607568
Edition: 2004
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Description: Spacecraft interact with the space environment in ways that may affect the operation of the spacecraft as well as any scientific experiments that are carried out from the spacecraft platform. In turn the study of these interactions provides  More...

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List price: $134.99
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 8/19/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.584

Spacecraft interact with the space environment in ways that may affect the operation of the spacecraft as well as any scientific experiments that are carried out from the spacecraft platform. In turn the study of these interactions provides information on the space environment. The adverse environmental effects, such as the effect of the radiation belts on electronics, and spacecraft charging from the magnetospheric plasma, means that designers need to understand interactive phenomena to be able to effectively design spacecraft. This has led to the new discipline of spacecraft-environment interactions. The emphasis in this book is on the fundamental physics of the interactions. Spacecraft-Environment Interactions is a valuable introduction to the subject for all students and researchers interested in the application of fluid, gas, plasma and particle dynamics to spacecraft and for spacecraft system engineers.

Sir John Houghton CBE, FRS is a former Chairman of the Scientific Assessment Working Group of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Chairman of the UK's Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution, Vice President of the World Meteorological Organisation, President of the Royal Meteorological Society, and Professor of Atmospheric Physics at Oxford University. He was Chief Executive of the UK Meteorological Office from 1983 to his retirement in 1991. As well as the previous editions of this book, he is author of The Physics of Atmospheres (Cambridge University Press, in three editions), and has published numerous research papers and contributed to many influential research documents.

List of illustrations
List of tables
Preface
Acknowledgement
Introduction
Fundamental length, time, and velocity
The ambient space environment
Neutral gas interactions
Plasma interactions
The space radiation environment
Particulate interactions
The state of the art
References
Index

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