Spacecraft Radiation Protection Training

Commitment 2 days, 7-8 hours a day.
Language English
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Delivery Options Instructor-Led Onsite, Online, and Classroom Live


The Spacecraft Radiation Protection Training course provides an in-depth overview of risks posed by radiation to spacecraft and working solutions to minimize those risks. Students will gain a solid understanding of the radiation environment, its measurement, its effects, and effective mitigation strategies.

  • 2 days of Spacecraft Radiation Protection Training with an expert instructor
  • Spacecraft Radiation Protection Electronic Course Guide
  • Certificate of Completion
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee



Upon completing this Spacecraft Radiation Protection course, learners will be able to meet these objectives:

  • What the models are for space environments, where to find them, and how to use them?
  • What do the common radiation units mean?
  • How to equate damage from different species of radiation.
  • How to conduct total dose test.
  • How to conduct SEE tests.
  • How to use dose-depth curves in determining shield thickness.
  • How to shield neutrons.
  • We can adapt this Spacecraft Radiation Protection course to your group’s background and work requirements at little to no added cost.
  • If you are familiar with some aspects of this Spacecraft Radiation Protection course, we can omit or shorten their discussion.
  • We can adjust the emphasis placed on the various topics or build the Spacecraft Radiation Protection course around the mix of technologies of interest to you (including technologies other than those included in this outline).
  • If your background is nontechnical, we can exclude the more technical topics, include the topics that may be of special interest to you (e.g., as a manager or policy-maker), and present the Spacecraft Radiation Protection course in a manner understandable to lay audiences.

The target audience for this Spacecraft Radiation Protection course:

  • All

The knowledge and skills that a learner must have before attending this  Spacecraft Radiation Protection course are:

  • N/A


  1. Space Radiation Environment. Trapped protons and electrons. Solar energetic particles. Cosmic rays. Neutrons and gamma rays from Radioactive Thermoelectric Generators (RTGs). Secondary neutrons from large space structures. Mars surface and high altitude Earth environment.
  2. Total Dose and Effects. Energy per unit mass. Units–rads, REMs, Grey, Sieverts. Ionization effects. Charge deposition, migration, and collection. Effects on digital and analog MOS and bipolar devices including ELDRS. Annealing, recovery, rebound.
  3. Displacement Damage. Crystalline lattice deformations. Damage thresholds in silicon and gallium arsenide. Damage equivalence and NIEL. Effects of protons and neutrons on solar cells and detectors such as CCDs. Dark current, charge transfer efficiency, maximum power degradation.
  4. Single Event Effects. Ionization by primary particles and secondaries from nuclear collisions. Charge collection in small structures. Effects in digital and analog devices. Transient and permanent upsets, soft errors, latch-up, burn-out, SEFI. Volatile and non-volatile memories, micro and signal processors, DC/DC converters, and optoelectronics.
  5. Testing and Mitigation Techniques. Total dose testing. SEE testing. Facilities. Shielding. Derating. Conservative circuit design. Systems mitigation. EDAC, latch-up protection circuitry, watchdog timers, autonomy.
  6. Human Effects. Long-duration exposure in low Earth orbit and interplanetary transport vehicles. The threat of high-energy neutrons to astronauts. Effects in tissue and organs. Dose Equivalent and weighting factors. Risk of carcinogenesis, and DNA damage. CNS effects.
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