1. Introduction

  1. Henry B. Garrett and
  2. Albert C. Whittlesey

Published Online: 4 MAY 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118241400.ch1

Guide to Mitigating Spacecraft Charging Effects

Guide to Mitigating Spacecraft Charging Effects

How to Cite

Garrett, H. B. and Whittlesey, A. C. (2012) Introduction, in Guide to Mitigating Spacecraft Charging Effects, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9781118241400.ch1

Author Information

  1. Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 4 MAY 2012
  2. Published Print: 4 MAY 2012

Book Series:

  1. JPL Space Science and Technology Series

Book Series Editors:

  1. Joseph H. Yuen

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781118186459

Online ISBN: 9781118241400



  • electronic subsystems;
  • engineering guidelines;
  • in-flight surface;
  • space environments;
  • spacecraft designers;
  • spacecraft surface


This is the introductory chapter of the book, which documents engineering guidelines and design practices that can be used by spacecraft designers to minimize the detrimental effects of spacecraft surface and internal charging in certain space environments. In-space charging effects are caused by interactions between the in-flight plasma environment and spacecraft materials and electronic subsystems. Possible detrimental effects of spacecraft charging include disruption of or damage to subsystems because of field buildup and electrostatic discharge as a result of a spacecraft's passage through the space plasma and high-energy particle environments. The book details the methods necessary to mitigate both in-flight surface and internal charging concerns as the physics and design solutions for both are often similar.

Controlled Vocabulary Terms

aerospace materials; design engineering