The Space Weather Threat to Situational Awareness, Communications, and Positioning Systems
Author(s)Ferguson, Dale C.; Worden, Simon Peter; Hastings, Daniel E
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A recent space weather headline has cast doubt in the minds of some as to whether space weather is the source of spacecraft anomalies, and thus, whether it is important in the design and operation of critical situational awareness, communications, and positioning systems. In this paper, we reiterate the evidence for the importance of space weather, its role in producing spacecraft and ground anomalies, and the threat it poses to critical systems. In addition, we report new studies broken down by anomaly types and suggest the sources of the anomalies (surface charging or interior charging). Finally, we suggest spacecraft charging and ground effects mitigation strategies for design and operations of systems critical to our modern civilization.
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Ferguson, Dale C., Simon Peter Worden, and Daniel E. Hastings. “The Space Weather Threat to Situational Awareness, Communications, and Positioning Systems.” IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science 43.9 (2015): 3086–3098.