NASA Selects SET for ISS Radiation Work
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA. The NASA SBIR Program Office announced today that it selected Space Environment Technologies (SET) for a Phase IIE task to make real-time radiation measurements on the International Space Station.
The Automated Radiation Measurements for Aerospace Safety – Dual Monitor (ARMAS DM) Phase IIE project technical objective is to measure the above-the-atmosphere domain and complement an in-atmosphere balloon flight with a UAV flight. A key task is to automatically insert the data streams into SQL databases for retrieval by RADIAN assimilation routines and make them available for delivery to end users. The top-of-the-atmosphere measurements inform us of the primary radiation field for precipitating particles prior to their absorption within the atmosphere where they create a secondary radiation field.
The ARMAS DM Phase IIE project addresses these innovations:
• will make the first global demonstration of a real-time COTS-based technology for monitoring ionizing radiation using the combination of a long-duration balloon, a stratospheric UAV, an orbital satellite, and an ISS experiment to capture dose throughout a full 3D column from space to the ground;
• accumulation of the data streams in SQL databases for rapid access;
• demonstration of an operational pathway for 24/7/365 monitoring of the aerospace radiation environment; and
• provide scientific access to ionizing-radiation archives for enabling a better understanding of the dynamic and variable radiation environment due to all sources by measuring total ionizing dose, LET spectra, particles, and gamma-rays.