To protect satellites in space, NASA exposes a small spacecraft to a very cosmic radiation . The SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket is part of a technology testing mission called the Space Testing Program-2 (STP-2). SET aims at exploring space time regarding the weather conditions in the solar system and how radiation affects spacecraft to build better equipped ones for future space research.
I want to launch something that can not withstand the environment, said Nicolas Fox, director of NASA's Heliophysics Department during a media statement on June 7. "These specific missions will help us look at the right kind of material and the best. a possible technology that we can do in space. "
Radicality is one of the major dangers threatening space missions. ] or found in deep space, can damage both the software and the hardware of the spacecraft over time.SET is one of the three experiments on the spacecraft Demonstration and Scientific Experiments
(aka DSX), a spacecraft of the US Air Force, which in itself is one of 24 different the payload that is placed on the SpaceX STP-2 mission will seek the gap between the Earth's radiation belts known as belts Van Allen The difference scientists call the slot region , is filled with radiation captured by the magnetic field of the planet ̵
"There were not too many measurements to tell us how bad things are happening in the slot area," said Michael Hapsoss of the SET Project Scientist team in a statement . "That's why we're going there."
Using the information gathered by SET for space time in this area, NASA hopes to build not only better-protected spaceships but also more efficient.
"We want to make sure we have the right design border," Fox said. "It's very expensive to put pounds in space … God knows, you do not have to start a warship if all you need is a boat."
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