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Operational radiological support for the US manned space programRadiological support for the manned space program is provided by the Space Radiation Analysis Group at NASA/JSC. This support ensures crew safety through mission design analysis, real-time space environment monitoring, and crew exposure measurements. Preflight crew exposure calculations using mission design information are used to ensure that crew exposures will remain within established limits. During missions, space environment conditions are continuously monitored from within the Mission Control Center. In the event of a radiation environment enhancement, the impact to crew exposure is assessed and recommendations are provided to flight management. Radiation dosimeters are placed throughout the spacecraft and provided to each crewmember. During a radiation contingency, the crew could be requested to provide dosimeter readings. This information would be used for projecting crew dose enhancements. New instrumentation and computer technology are being developed to improve the support. Improved instruments include tissue equivalent proportional counter (TEPC)-based dosimeters and charged particle telescopes. Data from these instruments will be telemetered and will provide flight controllers with unprecedented information regarding the radiation environment in and around the spacecraft. New software is being acquired and developed to provide 'smart' space environmental data displays for use by flight controllers.
Document ID
19940007089
Document Type
Conference Paper
Authors
Golightly, Michael J. (NASA Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center Houston, TX, United States)
Hardy, Alva C. (NASA Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center Houston, TX, United States)
Atwell, William (Rockwell International Corp. Houston, TX., United States)
Weyland, Mark D. (Rockwell International Corp. Houston, TX., United States)
Kern, John (Rockwell International Corp. Houston, TX., United States)
Cash, Bernard L. (Lockheed Engineering and Sciences Co. Houston, TX., United States)
Date Acquired
September 6, 2013
Publication Date
February 1, 1993
Publication Information
Publication: Sixth Annual Workshop on Space Operations Applications and Research (SOAR 1992), Volume 2
Subject Category
MAN/SYSTEM TECHNOLOGY AND LIFE SUPPORT
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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IDRelationTitle19940007055Analytic PrimarySixth Annual Workshop on Space Operations Applications and Research (SOAR 1992), volume 2