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NASA's Space Environments and Effects (SEE) program: the pursuit of tomorrow's space technology
Author(s): Steven D. Pearson; Donna M. Hardage
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Paper Abstract

A hazard to all spacecraft orbiting the earth and exploring the unknown in deep space is the existence of a harsh and ever changing environment with its subsequent effects. Some of these environmental hazards, such as plasma, extreme thermal excursions, meteoroids, and ionizing radiation result from natural sources, whereas others, such as orbital debris and neutral contamination are induced by the presence of spacecraft themselves. The subsequent effects can provide damaging or even disabling effects on spacecraft, its materials, and its instruments. In partnership with industry, academia, and other government agencies, National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA's) Space Environments and Effects (SEE) Program defines the space environments and advocates technology development to accommodate or mitigate these harmful environments on the spacecraft. This program provides a very comprehensive and focused approach to understanding the space environment, to define the best techniques for both flight and ground-based experimentation, to update the models which predict both the environments and the environmental effects on spacecraft, and finally to ensure that this information is properly maintained and inserted into spacecraft design programs. This paper will provide an overview of the Program's purpose, goals, database management and technical activities. In particular, the SEE Program has been very active in developing improved ionizing radiation models and developing related flight experiments which should aid in determining the effect of the radiation environment on modern electronics.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 October 1998
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 3440, Photonics for Space Environments VI, (13 October 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.326683
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Steven D. Pearson, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Donna M. Hardage, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3440:
Photonics for Space Environments VI
Edward W. Taylor, Editor(s)

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