The Adaptability of Langmuir Probes to the Pico-Satellite Regime
The purpose of this thesis is to investigate whether it is feasible to use Langmuir probes on pico-satellites flying in low Earth orbit over mid- to low-latitude geographic regions. Following chapters on the expected ionospheric conditions and an overview of Langmuir probe theory, a chapter addressing the difficulties involved with pico-satellite Langmuir probes is presented. Also, the necessary satellite-to-probe surface area requirements in order to achieve confidence in pico-satellite Langmuir probe data, for the orbital regions of interest to this thesis, are stated.
School:Utah State University
School Location:USA - Utah
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:ionosphere langmuir probe pico satellite plasma
Date of Publication:12/01/2008