Space and Radiation Effects Mitigation

COSMIAC personnel have a long history of radiation effects design testing and mitigation. Total dose testing is an important requirement for space missions. We utilize the Kirtland Air Force Base Cobalt, Cesium and Low Energy X-Ray sources for performing total ionizing dose (TID) measurements. TID testing and verification is critical to understanding limits associated with parts failure prior to placing them on space missions. We also have the experience necessary to perform single event effects testing at the various beam sources across the country (such as Berkley). COSMIAC, in conjunction with the Northrop Grumman Corporation, is under contract to the Defense Threat Reduction Agency to develop the military standard for radiation hardening satellites from man-made and natural radiation environments.

Our long history of publications of radiation testing of commercial electronics such as the Beagle Bone Black, MSP430, and Raspberry Pi platforms has helped developers of space articles to be able to make educated decisions on which electronic systems will survive in space. As more and more CubeSat missions are looking to proceed to deep space, this type of testing is becoming more critical.