Spots and streaks caused by particle impacts
High-energy particles image taken by SOHO

What applications and missions does Electromagnetics and Space Environment enable?

This research helps inform engineering standards for antenna systems, electromagnetic wave compatibility and propagation, as well as space environment and effects.

Research on propagation of EM waves also has relevance for remote sensing of Earth's land, atmosphere and ocean by Sentinel-1 and other radar missions as well as the exploration of other planets.

All missions have to take careful account of space environmental hazards. Depending on their orbits and objectives, spacecraft have to deal in different ways with radiation effects, plasma interactions, atmospheric interactions and particle impacts. Analysis of effects begins very early in a project’s life and continues throughout its development and into its operation in space.

Last update: 29 September 2009

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