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Title: Susceptibility of communication satellites to the nuclear electromagnetic pulse
Authors: Al-Kusayer, Tawfik A.
Keywords: HAB
Communication Satellite
Electromagnetic pulse
Nuclear explosion
Issue Date: 1992
Publisher: King Saud University
Citation: Journal of King Saud University, Engineering Sciences: 4 (2); 229-237
Abstract: The High Altitude Brust (HAB) of a nuclear weapon can produce an Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) that rises very rapidly (in nanoseconds) to a high voltage (tens of kilovolts per meter). This pulser covers 0 to 100 MHz bandwith or frequency. The radiated EMP can affect a large portion of space with a diameter of several thousands of kilometers and produce a current transient large enough to cause permanent irreversible degradation of components and systems. Communication satellites as exoatmospheric vehicles can be exposed to immediate gamma and x-radiation directly from the Nuclear weapon to cause System-Generated EMP (SGEMP) Transient Radiation Effect on Electronics (TREE) or Dispersed EMP (DEMP). The open-circuit voltage developed in the internal conductors of the ARABSA T spacecraft; has been calculated as a simple example. Some recommendations have been suggested at the end of this paper.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/354
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