Enhanced radiation belts and systems implications workshop

by Cullen M. Crain

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The Enhanced Radiation Belts and Systems Implications Workshop's objectives were (1) to determine the degree of understanding of the effects on space systems produced by enhancement of the natural radiation belts, (2) to identify the areas where additional understanding is needed, and (3) to provide suggestions for further research. The Workshop discussed many topics relevant to enhanced radiation belts and their potential effects on the architecture of enduring space systems. Topics included injection of trapped radiation from fission debris, loss of mechanisms and lifetimes, SPECTER codes for predicting total radiation flux, mission considerations of trapped radiation, hardware vulnerability and hardening, single event phenomena, and planning for a chemical release satellite.

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