6 April 2012 Mechanical design of a Langmuir probe for a QuadSat PnP satellite
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In recent years, there is an increasing interest in utilizing small, efficient, plug-and-play (PnP) designs for components of satellite systems. This contribution describes a mechanical design of a sensor package to be placed aboard an AAC Microtec QuadSat PnP Satellite. A sensor package includes a Langmuir Plasma Probe (LPP) for the in-orbit measurement of plasma properties. By measuring the potential between the electrode in the plasma and the electrode outside the plasma, a function can be developed between the voltage potential and the current flowing back out of the plasma. The paper details mechanical design, fabrication, and system integration of a low cost, low mass LPP on aboard of a QuadSat PnP Satellite. The mission life of the satellite, governing the sensor package design, is anticipated to be one month. Details of the sensor package mechanical design are provided and sensor validation procedures are discussed.
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Jordan Klepper, Andrei Zagrai, Anders Jorgensen, "Mechanical design of a Langmuir probe for a QuadSat PnP satellite", Proc. SPIE 8345, Sensors and Smart Structures Technologies for Civil, Mechanical, and Aerospace Systems 2012, 83454N (6 April 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.918636; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.918636
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