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Space Shuttle and Space Station radio frequency (RF) exposure analysis

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4 Author(s)
Hwu, S.U. ; Barrios Technol., Houston, TX, USA ; Yin-Chung Loh ; Sham, C.S. ; Kroll, Q.D.

This paper outlines the modeling techniques and important parameters to define a rigorous but practical procedure that can verify the compliance of RF exposure to the NASA standards for astronauts and electronic equipments. The electromagnetic modeling techniques are applied to analyze RF exposure in space shuttle and space station environments with reasonable computing time and resources. The modeling techniques are capable of taking into account the field interactions with space shuttle and space station structures. The obtained results illustrate the multipath effects due to the presence of the space vehicle structures. It's necessary to include the field interactions with space vehicle in the analysis for an accurate assessment of the RF exposure. Based on the obtained results, the RF keep out zones are identified for appropriate operational scenarios, flight rules and necessary RF transmitter constraints to ensure a safe operating environment and mission success.

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Digital Avionics Systems Conference, 2005. DASC 2005. The 24th  (Volume:2 )

Date of Conference:

30 Oct.-3 Nov. 2005