5. Control and Monitoring Techniques

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

Published Online: 4 MAY 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118241400.ch5

Guide to Mitigating Spacecraft Charging Effects

Guide to Mitigating Spacecraft Charging Effects

How to Cite

Garrett, H. B. and Whittlesey, A. C. (2012) Control and Monitoring Techniques, in Guide to Mitigating Spacecraft Charging Effects, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9781118241400.ch5

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



  • charge control devices;
  • IESD monitors;
  • plasma contactors;
  • space plasma environment;
  • spacecraft charging effect monitors


Charge control devices are a means of controlling spacecraft potential. Various active charged-particle emitters have been and are being developed and show promise of controlling spacecraft potential in the space plasma environment. These devices are sometimes recommended for charge control purposes. Plasma contactors are currently the most widely used charge control devices. The occurrence of environmentally induced discharge effects in spacecraft systems is usually difficult to verify. Often, the only thing known about an anomaly is that it occurred at some spacecraft time. Spacecraft charging effect monitors require data analysis support to produce the desired results. It is recommended that monitor packages be carried on all geosynchronous spacecraft. These packages should consist, at a minimum, of a dosimeter, energetic plasma environment detector, surface potential monitor, and transient voltage pulse detector. Various types of IESD monitors are currently in development and should be seriously considered also.

Controlled Vocabulary Terms

aerospace materials; plasma; surface charging