Faculty Advisor

Swartzlander, Grover A.

Abstract

Intensified activity in the near-Earth space environment caused by the eleven-year solar cycle, such as geomagnetic storms, high-energy particles, and trapped radiation, causes serious problems for orbiting artificial satellites. These satellites serve vital functions in our highly technological society. This IQP explores aspects of the space environment and their effects on satellite operations. The societal importance of satellites is examined, as well as specific cases of satellite failures due to space weather. Solutions to problems affecting satellites due to space weather are also discussed.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 2001

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Restricted-WPI community only

Advisor Department

Physics

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