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Project Introduction

The RadWorks project's overarching objective is the maturation and demonstration of affordable, enabling solutions to the radiation-related challenges presented to human exploration beyond Earth orbit.

Technologies Within this Project

Technology Details: RadWorks Project

This technology is categorized as a hardware system for other applications

Description of technology:

This technology is categorized as a hardware system for other applications.  Since its inception in FY12, the RadWorks project has had as its overarching objective the maturation and demonstration of affordable, enabling solutions to the radiation-related challenges presented to human exploration.  This has been done through the maturation and demonstration of system-level monitoring and design solutions.  Since FY12, the project has continued to develop and deliver affordable, prototype element...

Capabilities provided:

The technology provides radiation monitors, and design guidance to maximize the inherent radiation protection qualities of baseline spacecraft designs.

Potential applications:

The technologies being developed by RadWorks have many potential applications in helping to mitigate the risks associated with radiation exposure to human crews and critical vehicle systems by providing advanced compact, low mass, low power radiation monitoring and alert capabilities and provisions for advancing solar particle events (SPE) radiation storm-shelter capabilities that utilize multi-functional materials and existing launch mass.  Versions of the compact, low mass, low power radiation...

Anticipated Benefits

Benefits to NASA funded missions

The technologies can protect crew health through compact, low mass, low power radiation monitoring/alert and mitigation using strategic arrangement of vehicle assets.

Benefits to NASA unfunded & planned missions

The technologies can protect crew health through compact, low mass, low power radiation monitoring/alert and mitigation using strategic arrangement of vehicle assets.

Benefits to other government agencies

Other government agences that work in radiation environments (e.g, Department of Energy, Department of Defense) may benefit through technologies that may help to protect humans.

Benefits to the commercial space industry

Industry and other agencies can use the technologies to support any missions involving protection of humans in radiation environments.

Benefits to the nation

The project and help to enable human long-term space exploration. The technologies may also be used to protect humans in radiation environments (e.g., nuclear industry).

Success Stories

EFT-1 RadWorks BIRD Success Story

In December 2014, the uncrewed EFT-1 flight took Orion to an altitude of approximately 3,600 miles above the Earth’s surface, more than 15 times farther than the International Space Station’s orbital position. During this journey, the spacecraft pass...

U.S. Work Locations and Key Partners

NASA Organizations Performing Work Role Location
  • Johnson Space Center (JSC)
Lead Center Houston, TX
  • Langley Research Center (LaRC)
Supporting Center Hampton, VA
  • Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC)
Supporting Center Huntsville, AL
  • NASA Headquarters (HQ)
Supporting Center Washington, DC

U.S. States with Work:

 
U.S. States and Territories with Work on this Project
Alabama Texas
District of Columbia Virginia
New York Wisconsin
Other Organizations Performing Work Type of Organization
  • Analytic Mechanics Associates 
Commercial Company
  • Brookhaven National Laboratory 
Commercial Company
  • Futron 
Commercial Company
  • Jacobs 
Commercial Company
  • L-3 Communications 
Commercial Company
  • MRI Technologies 
Commercial Company
  • Space Technology Corporation 
Commercial Company
  • University of Alabama - Huntsville 
Commercial Company
  • University of Hawaii  (Honolulu, HI)
College/University
  • University of Houston 
Commercial Company
  • University of Wisconsin 
Commercial Company
  • USRA 
Commercial Company
  • Wyle 
Commercial Company

Organizational Responsibility

Responsible Mission Directorate:

Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate (HEOMD)

Lead Center:

Johnson Space Center (JSC)

Responsible Program:

Advanced Exploration Systems Program

Project Management

Program Director:

  • Jason Crusan

Program Executive:

  • BARRY EPSTEIN

Project Manager:

  • Catherine Mcleod

Principal Investigator:

  • Edward Semones

Project Technology Areas

Primary:

  • Human Exploration Destination Systems (TA 7)
    • Cross-Cutting Systems (TA 7.6)
    • Construction and Assembly (TA 7.6.2)
    • Ballistic Fabric Barriers (TA 7.6.2.2)

Secondary:

  • Human Health, Life Support, and Habitation Systems (TA 6)
    • Radiation (TA 6.5)

Additional Technology Areas:

  • Human Exploration Destination Systems (TA 7)
  • Science Instruments, Observatories, and Sensor Systems (TA 8)
    • Remote Sensing Instruments and Sensors (TA 8.1)
    • Detectors and Focal Planes (TA 8.1.1)
    • Large Format Visible/Near Infrared Photon Counting Detector Array (TA 8.1.1.6)
    • Electronics (TA 8.1.2)
    • Onboard Radar Data Processing (TA 8.1.2.2)
    • Lasers (TA 8.1.5)
    • 3D Imaging Flash Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) (TA 8.1.5.4)
    • Pulsed Laser (TA 8.1.5.7)
    • Pulsed Tunable Near Infrared/Infrared Laser (Gas Detection) (TA 8.1.5.8)
    • In-Situ Instruments and Sensors (TA 8.3)
    • Field and Particle Detectors (TA 8.3.1)
    • Energetic Particle Detector (> 30 keV – Several GeV) (TA 8.3.1.1)
    • Fast (Energetic) Neutron Detector (TA 8.3.1.5)
  • Entry, Descent, and Landing Systems (TA 9)
    • Aeroassist and Atmospheric Entry (TA 9.1)
    • Thermal Protection Systems for Rigid Decelerators (TA 9.1.1)
    • Solar and Space Radiation Attenuating Materials (TA 9.1.1.6)
  • Nanotechnology (TA 10)
    • Sensors, Electronics, and Devices (TA 10.4)
    • Sensors and Actuators (TA 10.4.1)
    • High Performance Radiation Sensors (TA 10.4.1.2)
    • Nanoelectronics (TA 10.4.2)
    • Flexible, Stretchable Electronics (TA 10.4.2.1)
    • Nanoelectronics Based Memory Devices (TA 10.4.2.3)
  • Materials, Structures, Mechanical Systems and Manufacturing (TA 12)
    • Structures (TA 12.2)
    • Lightweight Concepts (TA 12.2.1)
    • Composite and Inflatable Habitat (TA 12.2.1.3)
    • Lander and Surface Habitat (TA 12.2.1.6)
    • Innovative, Multifunctional Concepts (TA 12.2.5)
    • Multifunctional Non-Pressurized Structure (TA 12.2.5.3)
    • Manufacturing (TA 12.4)
    • Electronics and Optics Manufacturing Process (TA 12.4.3)
    • Special Electrical Process (TA 12.4.3.3)

Project Duration

Start Date: Oct 2011

End Date: Sep 2017

Project Technology Maturity

  • Start
  • Current
  • Estimated End
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