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March 23, 2017

Highly Miniaturized ASIC Radiation Detector

The ability to protect astronauts from harmful radiation particles is a critical enabling element mission design and operation for future human exploration. Currently personal passive devices are worn by all astronauts

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January 31, 2017

Galileo Environmental Monitoring Unit

The Galileo orbit takes these vital European spacecraft through the heart of the outer radiation belt where intense electron fluxes cause ionising dose, non-ionizing energy loss (NIEL) and internal charging. Recently an Environmental Monitoring Unit, built by RUAG in Switzerland has become operational on one of the Galileo satellites and another is awaiting launch.

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March 22, 2016

ATHENA Radiation Environment Models and X-Ray Background Effects Simulators

A new R&D activity has been kicked off on 21 March 2016, which aims to develop a comprehensive software simulator for the radiation background effects seen by the ESA L-Class science mission ATHENA. As part of the study, new models of the L2 low-energy radiation environment will also be developed, and updates to the relevant Geant4 physics treating the propagation of radiation through the ATHENA optics and spacecraft structures will be provided.

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January 26, 2015

P67/C-G's contributions to the meteoroid environment

How did the solar system's meteoroid environment become what it is? And how did comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko contribute to it? The above video shows an outcome of the Interplanetary Meteoroid Environment for Exploration (IMEX) study. It visualizes the evolution of the cometary tail over 155 years.

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November 28, 2014

Final presentation day at ESRIN - Computing the risk of NEOs, impact scenarios, the future of NEO activities, and more

On 18th November, ESRIN and the heart of ESA's NEO activities, the NEO Coordination Centre (NEOCC), welcomed an elaborate group of people involved in NEO activities in Europe. About 40 NEO scientists, technical, and political experts followed the final presentations and status reports of four activities carried out for ESA over the last two years.

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November 19, 2014

Kick-Off for Radiation Monitor Units on MTG

A Kick-Off meeting was held on 13 November 2014 between TAS (F) and RUAG (CH) for the manufacturing and delivery of a total of 7 Radiation Monitor Units (RMU) for flight on the future Meteosat Third Generation (MTG) spacecraft. The RMUs are based on the ESA Next Generation Radiation Monitor (NGRM) development initiated by the Space Environments and Effects Section and run by a consortium led by RUAG.

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February 5, 2014

Charging tools for the JUICE mission

A new activity kicked off at the start of February 2014, which aims to improve modelling of the charging environment around Jupiter, for both surface and internal charging. The same study will also create a 1-d internal charging assessment tool based on Monte Carlo particle transport.

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January 3, 2014

Improvement of Flare and SPE Prediction

New parallel activities developing tools to improve and combine predictions of Solar Flares and Energetic Particle Events (SPEs) were kicked-off in November and December 2013. The aim of these developments is to increase warning times and reliability for the prediction of enhancements of solar high energy particles which impact spacecraft such as the production of single event effects (SEEs) seen in launchers.

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April 16, 2013

Radiation Biological End Effects Models And Interfaces to Physics Models

A new TRP activity has been kicked off on 30 January 2013 with a consortium led by CENGB / IN2P3 (F) with subcontractors G4AI (UK) and NPI (CZ) for development, implementation and validation of advanced modelling capabilities to analyse in detail radiation biological end effects based on the Geant4 Monte Carlo toolkit.

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February 5, 2013

19th SPINE meeting and SPIS Final Presentation Days

From 19th to 21st March, at ESTEC, there will be the 19th SPINE meeting and the final presentations of three ESA TRP funded activities, developed with the SPIS (Spacecraft Plasma Interaction System) software, followed by training on the new SPIS-GEO and AISEPS applications.

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January 29, 2013

Radiation Environment and Analysis Activities for Human Spaceflight and Solar Heavy Ions

New GSP and TRP activities for 2012 (led by DH Consultancy and Kallisto Consultancy respectively) to improve interoperability of environment models and effects tools for analysis for Human Spaceflight and Earth-orbiting missions.

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January 29, 2013

Modelling study of dusty plasma near surface environments at the Moon and asteroids.

A new GSP activity was kicked-off at the autumn 2012 which aims at providing new sets of environmental specifications as e.g. dust grains near surface densities and velocities distributions, as well as distributions of systems contamination related properties, needed for the design of future exploration missions to airless bodies surfaces (asteroids, the Moon, etc ...).

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January 18, 2012

ROSSINI: Radiation Shielding by ISRU and/or innovative materials foe EVA, vehicles and habitats.

A new TRP activity has been kicked-off on 23rd November 2011 with a consortium led by Thales Alenia Space (I) with subcontractors GSI (D) and SpaceIT (CH) to review radiation shielding materials for EVA, vehicles and habitats in human spaceflight missions, including In-Situ Resources Utilization (ISRU) and innovative materials.

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October 12, 2011

SEPEM Release

The SEPEM (Solar Energetic Particle Environment Modelling) Application Server is now open for registration.

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September 22, 2011

Next Generation Radiation Monitor (NGRM)

A contract has been signed between ESA and RUAG Space (CH) in collaboration with PSI (CH), EREMS (F), Gamma Medica-Ideas (N) and ONERA (F) for the development of the Next Generation Radiation Monitor (NGRM). The project kicked-off on 14 September 2011 and has a planned duration of 18 months.

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September 6, 2011

Solar Energetic Proton Fluxes (SEPF) tool

A new automated software tool for the monitoring of Solar Energetic Proton events fluxes has been released. The SEPF (Solar Energetic Proton Fluxes) tool uses measurements of ESA s Standard Radiation Environment Monitor (SREM).

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December 20, 2010

Computational tools for spacecraft electrostatic cleanliness and payload

A new ESA TRP activity has been kicked-off on 7 October 2010 with a consortium led by ONERA (F) and with CESR (F), and IRF-Uppsala (SE) as sub-contractor to extend the capabilities of the SPIS modelling framework

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November 22, 2010

ESA Young Graduate Trainee scheme

Applications open for 1-year traineeship in the Space Environments and Effects team at ESTEC

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October 25, 2010

Simplified MEO/GEO Charging Tools

A contract has been signed between ESA and Artenum (F) in collaboration with EADS-Astrium (F), ONERA (F) and Swedish Space Corporation (S) for the creation of simplified MEO/GEO tools for spacecraft charging.

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August 26, 2010

First Solar Particle Events of Solar Cycle 24

The first Solar Particle Events of the new Solar Cycle 24 have taken place. While the event on 14 August 2010 was rather small in amplitude, it was detected by ESA's Standard Radiation Environment Monitor (SREM) units flying on Herschel, Planck and INTEGRAL missions. The images below show the energetic proton fluxes at Herschel and Planck as derived from the raw SREM counts by the Singular Value Decomposition method developed at ISARS/NOA (GR).

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July 15, 2010

Radiation-Hard Electron Monitor (RADEM)

A contract has been kicked off with RUAG Space (CH) and PSI (CH) for a Phase A/B study on a radiation-hard electron monitor (RADEM) instrument.

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July 15, 2010

Physics Models for Biological Effects of Radiation and Shielding

A new ESA TRP activity has been started with a consortium led by CENBG (F) and including INFN (I), KTH Stockholm (S), Karolinska Institut (S), and Geant4 Associates International (UK).

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June 7, 2010

Energetic Electron Shielding, Charging and Radiation Effects and Margins

A new contract has been signed and kicked off with a TAS-E led consortium including G4AI (UK), TRAD (F), INTA (E), DHC (B), ONERA (F), Artenum (F) and TAS France (F).

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February 19, 2010

ESA Signs Contract for Development of Highly Miniaturised Radiation Monitor

The Space Science and Technology Department of the UK STFC Rutherford Appleston Laboratory (RAL), together with the Department of Physics of Imperial College London, have been awarded a contract to develop a radiation monitor that is dramatically smaller than traditional equipment by employing advanced miniaturisation technologies.

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February 1, 2010

TEC-EES Final Presentation Days 2010

The TEC-EES final presentation days for 2010 will be held at ESA/ESTEC in Noordwijk on the 1st and 2nd of February in Newton-2 and Einstein, respectively.

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January 29, 2010

Solar Interplanetary Electron Hazard Modelling

A contract has been signed between ESA and cosine Science & Computing B.V. (Netherlands) in collaboration with Surrey Space Centre, University of Surrey (UK) on 29 January 2010 for the modelling of interplanetary electron populations associated with hazardous effects on spacecraft.

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May 15, 2009

First SREM data from Herschel and Planck

ESA's Herschel and Planck spacecraft were successfully launched on 14 May 2009. Onboard each spacecraft is an SREM radiation monitor to measure the fluxes of energetic electrons and protons encountered by the two missions.

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November 27, 2008

Mars Climate Database and Physical Models

A final presentation for the study "Mars climate database and physical models" performed by Laboratoire de Météorologie Dynamique will take place in ESTEC on 15 December 2008.

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November 15, 2008

New ECSS-E-10 Standards for the Space Environment and Effects

The updated ECSS-E-ST-10-04C and the new ECSS-E-ST-10-12C standards on the space environment and its effects have been released.

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September 16, 2008

Space Environment Engineering Tools

A contract has been signed between ESA and etamax space Gmbh of Germany on 16 September 2008 for the development of a toolkit for space environment engineering tools.

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August 20, 2008

Harmonisation of geometry description in space environment analysis

A contract was signed on 20 August 2008 between ESA and TRAD (France) to develop a STEP-SPE interface in TRAD's FASTRAD radiation shielding analysis software for import and export of 3D radiation models.

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August 8, 2008

Radiation Hazards at Jupiter

A contract was signed on 8 August 2008 between ESA and QinetiQ Ltd. (UK) as prime contractor, and ONERA (F) and DH Consultancy (B) as subcontractors, for the development "Jupiter Radiation Environment and Effects Tools".

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July 1, 2008

Reverse Monte Carlo and ion physics developments

ESA has kicked-off on 1st July 2008 a project aimed at further developments of the Adjoint Monte Carlo technique in the Geant4 toolkit.

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April 17, 2008

GEANT4 ISS Simulations

Geant4 Monte Carlo Simulations of the International Space Station Radiation Environment, Ph.D. thesis by T. Ersmark (KTH Stockholm) based on the DESIRE project and co-funded by ESA General Studies Programme.

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February 11, 2008

Columbus module docked with ISS.

After a successful shuttle launch on 10 Feb 2008, the Columbus module docked with the ISS at 1508hrs

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July 3, 2007

4th European Space Weather Week

4th European Space Weather Week - Registration and abstract submission now open.

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November 18, 2005

The 2nd European Space Weather Week

The 2nd European Space Weather Week will be held at ESTEC on 14-18th November 2005.

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November 3, 2005

10th GEANT4 User Conference and Collaboration Workshop

Geant4 2005 - 10th User Conference and Collaboration Workshop, Bordeaux, France, November 3-10 2005

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