electrostatic discharge

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Term: electrostatic discharge

An abrupt equalization of electric potentials. In space, ESD can occur between objects or portions of a single object (see differential charging); ESD may occur locally within a dielectric or cable. The consequences may include material damage, a spacecraft anomaly, phantom commands, disrupted telemetry, and contaminated data.

Created 2023.04.16
Last Modified 2023.04.16
Contributed by Ryan McGranaghan