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Plasma-Enhanced Breakdown of Telemetry Antennas During Ballistic Missile Powered Flight

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1 Author(s)
H. A. Poehler ; Flight Test Operations, Space Tech. Labs., Inc., Patrick AFB, Fla.

Attention is directed to a previously unrecognized phenomenon, plasma-enhanced breakdown of ballistic missile antennas. Plasma-enhanced antenna breakdown is a general phenomenon, and has been observed during flight tests of a variety of ballistic missiles. Examples chosen from telemetry signal-strength records of recent ballistic missile flights are presented. The need for the consideration of this effect in the design of the staging sequence of ballistic missiles is pointed to.

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IRE Transactions on Space Electronics and Telemetry  (Volume:SET-7 ,  Issue: 4 )