Plasma-ISS: Examination of Plasmic Environments on the External Surface of ISS Through the Characterization of Optical Radiance (Plazma-MKS) - 11.22.16
Plasma-MKS (Plasma-ISS) examines the effects of plasma on ISS systems with dosimeters. Science Results for Everyone
Information Pending Experiment Details
V. I. Lukyaschenko, Ph.D.
Sponsoring Space Agency
Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos)
ISS Expedition Duration
December 2001 - December 2002; November 2002 - May 2003; April 2003 - October 2004
Verification of available discharge current processes on the ISS predicted theoretically.
Detection of dependence of current process intensity in plasma environment of the station upon the ISS configuration, its in-orbit position, operation of external onboard systems and seasonal change in outer space environment by optical radiation characteristics.
Operational Requirements and Protocols
UV chamber, spectrometer, videocamera, set of interference filters.
Verify physical model simulating interaction of plasma sheath with oppositely charged ISS structural members, as well as different types of the ISS RS external coatings. Study space factor impact (geomagnetic field, solar radiation, incoming ionosphere, flows of auroral particles and shocks of micrometeoroids) on initiation, intensity and duration of electric discharge processes.
Decadal Survey Recommendations
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Electric discharges passing through the ISS plasma environment and caused by high-voltage potential of the USOS solar arrays can produce effects on electric potential of the station body and make changes in operating conditions of electronic equipment placed externally, as well as affect safety of cosmonauts' activities during EVA. This experiment will enable to update the physical model of the ISS plasma environment, adjust operating conditions of hardware, predict unfavorable periods for EVA, as well as make an assessment of a potential negative effect of arising currents on the integrity of the ISS separate structural members.^ back to top
Gabdullin FF, Korsun AG, Lavrenko EG, Mitroshin AS, Tverdokhlebova EM. The Plasma Plume of the ISS Plasma Contactor Unit under the Effect of the Geomagnetic Field. 30th International Electric Propulsion Conference, Florence, Italy; 2007 September 17-20 7 pp.
Gabdullin FF, Korsun AG, Tverdokhlebova EM. The Plasma Plume Emitted Onboard the International Space Station Under the Effect of the Geomagnetic Field. IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science. 2008 October; 36(5): 2207-2213. DOI: 10.1109/TPS.2008.2004236.
Ground Based Results Publications
Energia - Science Research on the ISS Russian Segment
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NASA Image: ISS015E08338: View of an Expedition 15 crewmember holding hardware used in the Plasma-MKS (Plasma-ISS) experiment near the LAB1P3 rack in the U.S. Laboratory/Destiny.
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