During the summer of 1957, The Martin Company, Denver Division, expressed a need for experimental data which would enable more exact design of surface- mounted antennas on missiles which would avoid corona and voltage breakdown in the higher atmosphere. Inasmuch as some experimental data were then avail* able, a request was also made for a literature search on voltage breakdown is air as a function of pressure, frequency, pulse length, electrode spacing, and degree of ionization. Contract No. DEN 57-5652, under Prime Contract AF 04 (645) 56, was initiated with the Purdue Research Foundation in January, 1958, to obtain (l) a literature search and (2) experimental data covering a range of the parameters listed above. The literature search was delivered to The Martin Company on November 25, 1958. The experimental data are the subject of this report.
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