Description of the Plasma Diagnostics Package (PDP) for the OSS-1 Shuttle Mission and JSC Plasma Chamber Test in Conjunction with the Fast Pulse Electron Gun (FPEG)

  • Stanley D. Shawhan
Part of the NATO Advanced Study Institutes Series book series (NSSB, volume 79)


The Plasma Diagnostics Package (PDP) and support systems are being readied for flight on the OSS-1 Space Shuttle Mission (STS-4 in 1982) and on the Spacelab-2 Shuttle Mission (1983 or 1984). In March 1981 in the Johnson Space Center Plasma Chamber A, the PDP was utilized to measure the state of the ambient plasma and of phenomena induced by operation of the Utah State University Fast Pulse Electron Gun (FPEG). The FPEG is an element of the Vehicle Charging and Potential (VCAP) investigation on the OSS-1 Mission. On the OSS-1 Mission, the PDP will make plasma measurements as it is swept through the FPEG beam region by the Shuttle Remote Manipulator System (RMS).


Temporal Resolution Pitch Angle Electron Flux Plasma Depletion Shuttle Mission 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1982

Authors and Affiliations

  • Stanley D. Shawhan
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  1. 1.Department of Physics and AstronomyThe University of IowaIowa CityUSA

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