Observation of the Reflective Characteristics of the Spacecraft Plasma Environment from On-Board Thruster Activity Using Ground-Based Instruments (Plazma-Progress (Plasma-Progress)) - 11.22.16
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This study examines how the firing of liquid-propellant rocket engines of spacecraft affects the low altitude space plasma (ionized gas) environments. Using specialized radar, researchers measured characteristics of plasma in the upper atmosphere aboard the Progress cargo transport with its engines firing and not firing, and identified the plasma created by engine firing. Researchers also analyzed Progress's reflective characteristics and plasma wakes in areas of the ionosphere that Progress flew through in both cases. Experiment Details
V. I. Luk'yaschenko, Central Research Institute of Machine Building (TSNIIMASH), Russia
Sponsoring Space Agency
Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos)
ISS Expedition Duration
April 2007 - October 2008
Determination of space-time relations of the density of the spacecraft plasma environment arising during operation of its onboard liquid-propellant engines
Operational Requirements and Protocols
Progress TCV nominal propulsion system; Ground facilities of radio observation - incoherent dissipation radar of Solar-Terrestrial Physics Institute, Siberian Center of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Irkuts).
Determination of parameters (reflecting characteristics, sizes, density etc.) of large-scale plasma formations arising during operation of Progress TCV vernier thrusters and positioning and attitude control thrusters with different directivity of thruster plumes w.r.t. SC motion direction. Adaptation of the physical model of plasma sheath forming in the SC vicinity as applied to the Progress TCV. Study of interaction of plasma formations around low-orbit SC with ionospheric drag and solar radiation. Analysis of the impact of PS plume exhaust on the radio configuration of a low-orbit SC by comparing the Progress TCV reflecting characteristics when thrusters are operating and not operating.
Decadal Survey Recommendations
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Prediction of ISS plasma environment parameters in the periods of nominal operation of engines of different thrust and in case of gas and plasma emissions.^ back to top
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