volume 79, issue 40, P477-477 1998
DOI: 10.1029/98eo00359
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Abstract: A very intense flux of electrons, evident in the magnetosphere earlier this year, may have caused a satellite failure (or at least exacerbated the situation) leading to the loss of pager service to 45 million customers, research has shown. The electrons, known as highly relativistic electrons (HREs), were especially numerous in the weeks preceding the failure. Researchers say HREs have triggered spacecraft anomalies in the past through a process of deep dielectric charging when fluxes are elevated. They there…

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