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Design and development of an Equipotential Voltage Reference (grounding) system for a low-cost rapid-development modular spacecraft architecture

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2 Author(s)
Lukash, J.A. ; Lockheed Martin Space Syst. Co., Sunnyvale, CA, USA ; Daley, E.

This work describes the design and development effort to adapt rapid-development space hardware by creating a ground system using solutions of low complexity, mass, & cost. The Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) spacecraft is based on the modular common spacecraft bus architecture developed at NASA Ames Research Center. The challenge was building upon the existing modular common bus design and development work and improving the LADEE spacecraft design by adding an Equipotential Voltage Reference (EVeR) system, commonly referred to as a ground system. This would aid LADEE in meeting Electromagnetic Environmental Effects (E3) requirements, thereby making the spacecraft more compatible with itself and its space environment. The methods used to adapt existing hardware are presented, including provisions which may be used on future spacecraft.

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Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC), 2011 IEEE International Symposium on

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14-19 Aug. 2011