ARMAS Suborbital

PI: W Kent Tobiska, Space Environment Technologies (SPACEWX)

This project, called Automated Radiation Measurements for Aerospace Safety Suborbital (ARMAS-S) will be the first demonstration of a real-time COTS technology for ionizing-radiation dose assessment at altitudes up to Low Earth Orbit (LEO) with a manned suborbital application. This is a follow up from T0176.

Technology Areas (?)
  • TA06 Human Health, Life Support and Habitation Systems
Problem Statement

This effort will capture the total ionizing dose (TID) from the surface to LEO in two suborbital flights. This altitude range is important for validating NAIRAS and demonstrating TID utility in data assimilation for operational use. Global TID measurements, anywhere and anytime, will ultimately serve aircrew, high-altitude pilots, frequent flyers, and commercial space travelers who all face GCR and other radiation hazards. These hazards begin at commercial aviation altitudes, i.e., 26,000 ft. or 8 km and extend into LEO.

Technology Maturation

Objectives: Fly at least two flights to 100km. Retrieve dose data in real time (Bluetooth link to app) and record archival data. Process retrieved dose data using SET servers. Produce level 4 data products and provide for NAIRAS improvement.

Technology Details

  • Selection Date
    REDDI-F1-18 (Aug 2018)
  • Program Status
  • Current TRL (?)
    Successful FOP Flights
  • 0 sRLV

Development Team

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