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Spacecraft Environments Interactive: Space Radiation and Its Effects on Electronic SystemThe natural space environment is characterized by complex and subtle phenomena hostile to spacecraft. Effects of these phenomena impact spacecraft design, development, and operation. Space systems become increasingly susceptible to the space environment as use of composite materials and smaller, faster electronics increases. This trend makes an understanding of space radiation and its effects on electronic systems essential to accomplish overall mission objectives, especially in the current climate of smaller/better/cheaper faster. This primer outlines the radiation environments encountered in space, discusses regions and types of radiation, applies the information to effects that these environments have on electronic systems, addresses design guidelines and system reliability, and stresses the importance of early involvement of radiation specialists in mission planning, system design, and design review (part-by-part verification).
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Marshall Space Flight Center
Document Type
Technical Publication (TP)
Howard, J. W., Jr.
(Computer Sciences Corp. Huntsville, AL United States)
Hardage, D. M.
(NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, AL United States)
Date Acquired
August 19, 2013
Publication Date
July 1, 1999
Subject Category
Spacecraft Design, Testing And Performance
Report/Patent Number
NAS 1.60:209373
Funding Number(s)
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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