Implications of the space environment

  • Barry J. Kent
Part of the ISSI Scientific Report Series book series (ISSI, volume 9)


This chapter addresses those issues that make detecting photons in space different from detecting photons on the Earth. Above the absorbing atmosphere of Earth, the wavelength range available to an orbiting spacecraft is limited only by the details of the photon-collecting systems. At the radio end of the electromagnetic spectrum the limit is the size of the available antenna and for gamma-rays the limit is the detector stopping ability. Both high and low energies are thus constrained by the mass and volume of detector that can be put into space. In previous chapters the need to go into space to achieve particular scientific aims for astronomical purposes has been explained. This chapter is concerned with the environments encountered, both in space and where a space instrument is prepared and launched, and with the way in which these environments impact the photon-detection systems.


Launch Vehicle Contamination Control Particulate Contamination Tidal Gravity South Atlantic Anomaly 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Barry J. Kent
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  1. 1.Independent consultant, previously with the Space Science and Technology DepartmentRutherford Appleton LaboratoryDidcotUK

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