The NASA Charging Analyzer Program (NASCAP) has been validated in a space environment. Data collected by the SCATHA (Spacecraft Charging at High Altitude) spacecraft has been used with NASCAP to simulate the charging response of the spacecraft ground conductor and dielectric surfaces with considerable success. Charging of the spacecraft ground observed in eclipse, during moderate and severe substorm environments, and in sunlight has been reproduced using the code. Close agreement between both the currents and potentials measured by the SSPM's, and the NASCAP simulated response, has been obtained for differential charging. It is concluded that NASCAP is able to predict spacecraft charging behavior in a space environment.
SPACECRAFT DESIGN, TESTING AND PERFORMANCE
AIAA PAPER 82-0269
Aerospace Sciences Meeting; Jan 11, 1982 - Jan 14, 1982; Orlando, FL