Deterioration of radio signals and distortion of spacecraft radar characteristics by plasma jets from electric propulsion engines

1Shuvalov, VA, 2Bystritskii, MG, 2Churilov, AE
1Institute of Technical Mechanics of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine and the State Space Agency of Ukraine, Dnipro, Ukraine
2Institute of Technical Mechanics of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine and State Space Agency of Ukraine, Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine
Kosm. nauka tehnol. 1999, 5 ;(2):81–92
Section: Spacecrafts and Payloads
Publication Language: Russian
We formulated the principles and developed the methods of the physical modelling of electromagnetic wave scattering on plasma jets and formations created at spacecraft surfaces. We studied experimentally the deterioration of radio signals and distortion of the radar characteristics of spacecraft design elements by the plasma jets and artificial plasma formations arising during the work of electric propulsion engines, the injection of electron beams, and in the course of various active and passive tests on the orbit.
Keywords: electric propulsion engines, electromagnetic wave scattering, plasma jets
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