3. Spacecraft Design Guidelines

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

Published Online: 4 MAY 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118241400.ch3

Guide to Mitigating Spacecraft Charging Effects

Guide to Mitigating Spacecraft Charging Effects

How to Cite

Garrett, H. B. and Whittlesey, A. C. (2012) Spacecraft Design Guidelines, in Guide to Mitigating Spacecraft Charging Effects, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9781118241400.ch3

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



  • material testing;
  • spacecraft charging;
  • Spacecraft Design Guidelines;
  • specified orbital environment;
  • system developer


This chapter describes processes involved in immunizing a spacecraft against spacecraft charging problems, and provides design guidelines. The system developer should demonstrate through design practices, test, and analysis that spacecraft charging effects will not cause a failure to meet mission objectives. Analysis should be used to evaluate a design for charging in the specified orbital environment. Testing usually ranks high among the choices to verify and validate the survivability of spacecraft hardware in a given environment. Some of the test discussed here include: material testing, component testing, assembly testing and system testing. The chapter provides general guidelines and quantitative recommendations on design guidelines/techniques that should be followed in hardening spacecraft systems to spacecraft charging effects. The design guidelines are divided into subsections: general, surface charging, internal charging, solar arrays, and special situations.

Controlled Vocabulary Terms

aerospace materials; building integrated photovoltaics; surface charging