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The Adaptability of Langmuir Probes to the Pico-Satellite Regime

by Auman, Andrew Jay

Abstract (Summary)
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.
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School:Utah State University

School Location:USA - Utah

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:ionosphere langmuir probe pico satellite plasma

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Date of Publication:12/01/2008

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