The Space Environment Testbeds of NASA is going to launch its mission by the end of this June. In this they will be studying that how better they could save the space satellites from hazards and problems. The SET will be launching its mission on spacecraft of US Air Force Research Lab which is SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy and it will be launched from Kennedy Space Centre NASA in Florida.
The scientists of SET will be studying the basic nature of space and its environment. No matter how blank and empty space looks but it is full of harmful radiations coming from Sun and a lot energetic particles. These factors cause a huge impact on satellites and spacecrafts in space and also to the equipments and machines in it. Thus, NASA’s SET mission aims to study these factors with more details so that they can build the electronic equipments and spacecrafts with better technology and aerodynamics. This will help the equipments and other things in space to live a longer and durable life and people on earth will also get better and accurate information from these highly advanced equipments.
The Project Manager of SET, Reggie Eason said that the primary hazard that space missions have been going through is space radiations and if they would research ad get the ways to improve the technology and ability to survive in such an environment then it will increase the positive chances of survivability of all the missions near earth, on moon and on mars as well. The SET has aimed to study the big gap between the Van Allen belts which are huge radiation belts around the Earth. These radiation belts are trapped because of the strong magnetic field of the earth and the SET will be conducting its mission in the calmer regions. Also, it is mentioned by the scientists that these calm regions often become extreme during any space storm which varies according to the position and radiations of the Sun.