Measurements of Vehicle Potential Using a Mother-Daughter Tethered Rocket
When plans were being made in 1969 to perform the first electron beam experiment in space a question was raised concerning the amount of neutralization current which could be collected from the ambient ionospheric plasma when a beam of electrons was emitted from an isolated vehicle such as a sounding rocket or satellite. Although the first such experiment was a success and more than 20 similar flights have been made since that time the original question of the amount of neutralization current available from the ambient ionospheric plasma is still unanswered.
KeywordsNeutralization Current Langmuir Probe Voltage Sweep Probe Voltage Ambient Plasma
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