Computer Simulations and Experimental Verification of the Nanoconductivity Concept for the Spacecraft Electronics
Abstract—This paper develops the concept of the nanoconductivity of insulators as applied to the space technology aimed at creating discharge-free space vehicles and discusses the ways to achieve this. Feasibility analysis of advanced, next generation, discharge-free satellites widely using nanoconducting insulators in spacecraft electronics proves that such a transition is not only necessary but is also practicable. We have performed computer simulations of a multivibrator, which is a typical representative of the digital technology, using the LTspice software. As any spacecraft dielectric is a potential source of the electrostatic discharges, it is advisable to implement the nanoconductivity concept by replacing high-resistivity insulators with the nanoconducting dielectrics featuring electrical conductivity around 10^−9 Ohm^ −1m^−1.