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Integrating Exploration Portable Electrostatic Detector with Desert Research and Technology Studies (DRATS) (xPED)

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Project Image  Integrating Exploration Portable Electrostatic Detector (xPED) with Desert Research and Technology Studies (DRATS)

Determine optimal placement for future integration of xPED on DRATS rovers and space suits. Continue modification and miniaturization of xPED for multiple applications. While roving, the astronauts must be able to measure their charge and dissipate to avoid discharge hazards and also reduce the dust attraction/adhesion hazard. xPED will allow them to determine their charged state and avoid hazards, as well as characterize the electrical environment.

The current electrometer design will be improved and miniaturized using SMT parts and the digital storage capability will be added.

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