SET Provides Technology for the Age of Commercial Space Tourism
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – Space Environment Technologies (SET) congratulates Sir Richard Branson on his achievement of building, demonstrating, and using the first commercial space tourism transportation system to reach suborbital space on July 11, 2021.
SET’s Automated Radiation Measurements for Aerospace Safety (ARMAS) system for radiation monitoring has become an integral part of the radiation hazard mitigation on the new generation of commercial space transportation vehicles. SET’s President W. Kent Tobiska noted that “we have finally crossed the threshold of commercial space tourism this week and SET is proud to contribute its role of environmental safety specification and prediction that is enabling human evolution into space.”
In the past year, the ARMAS program has provided radiation information on two dozen commercial and government research aircraft flights in the troposphere, flown on two high altitude balloons into the stratosphere, and been aboard multiple Blue Origin and Virgin Galactic suborbital flights to the edge of space, including the historic Unity22 flight on July 11, 2021.
To capture the radiation environment above, and entering, the atmosphere, the ARMAS Flight Module 8 (FM8) was launched into a 550 km, 7-year polar orbit on June 30, 2021 aboard SpaceX’s Transporter-2. Meanwhile, the ARMAS FM9 system was delivered on July 6, 2021 for integration onto the International Space Station and scheduled for launch in December 2021. Dr. Justin Bailey, Director of SET’s Space Systems Division, hinted that “2022 will be a high profile year for SET with the unveiling of a new technology in late 2021 that will change the way we do atmospheric monitoring.”
The SET ARMAS program can be explored at our radiation decision aid pages.