Modeling of high altitude spacecraft environments

Robert J. Collins, Virenclra K. Dogra, Deborah A. Levin

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There have been several spacecraft, induced surface glow observations and measurements that report radiation in the ultraviolet to visible spectral regions. This paper models a specific example of spacecraft glow where in-situ measurements were made on a small, clean satellite. The direct simulation Monte Carlo (DSMC) technique is used to model the formation of NO in the flowfleld of a 1- meter nose radius satellite from altitudes of 130 to 180 km. A new concept is developed for proper simulation of trace species in DSMC calculations. The DSMC"' simulations also modelled ambient trace species. The results show that sufficient NO is formed in the gas phase to explain the glow phenomena.

Original languageEnglish (US)
StatePublished - 1997
Externally publishedYes
Event35th Aerospace Sciences Meeting and Exhibit, 1997 - Reno, United States
Duration: Jan 6 1997Jan 9 1997


Other35th Aerospace Sciences Meeting and Exhibit, 1997
Country/TerritoryUnited States

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Space and Planetary Science
  • Aerospace Engineering


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