Description of P78-2 (Scatha) Satellite and Experiments

  1. C.T. Russell and
  2. David J. Southwood
  1. J.F. Fennell

Published Online: 21 MAR 2013

DOI: 10.1029/SP020p0065

The IMS Source Book: Guide to the International Magnetospheric Study Data Analysis

The IMS Source Book: Guide to the International Magnetospheric Study Data Analysis

How to Cite

Fennell, J.F. (1982) Description of P78-2 (Scatha) Satellite and Experiments, in The IMS Source Book: Guide to the International Magnetospheric Study Data Analysis (eds C.T. Russell and D. J. Southwood), American Geophysical Union, Washington, D.C.. doi: 10.1029/SP020p0065

Author Information

  1. Space Science Laboratory, The Aerospace Corporation, E1 Segundo, CA 90245

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 21 MAR 2013
  2. Published Print: 1 JAN 1982

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780875902289

Online ISBN: 9781118664940

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Keywords:

  • Electron and ion beam emission systems;
  • Light ion mass spectrometer;
  • Plasma and energetic ion experiments;
  • Satellite parameters;
  • Spacecraft charging at high altitude (SCATHA);
  • Synchronous satellite;
  • Thermal plasma analyzer;
  • Transient pulse monitor (TPM) experiment

Summary

The P78-2 (SCATHA) satellite was placed into a near synchronous orbit in early February 1979. The satellite was a part of a joint U.S. Air Force/NASA program to study spacecraft charging. The satellite has its spin axis approximately parallel to the earth' equatorial plane. This allows good pitch angle coverage by the particle experiments. The experiment complement consists of a complete set of plasma, energetic particle, composition, field and wave experiments. The satellite has already provided over two years of data, about one year (February, 1979 to March, 1980) of it has been provided to the experimenters as formatted digital tapes. The data is of very high quality and the coverage is good (>90%).