Radiation Environment on spacecraft in orbit: how to address the challenge
- Posted by Katrina Elsey
- On September 22, 2022
basics in mind: three sources of radiation cause three different types of effects on a device. The three sources are the Van Allen belts, where protons and electrons are trapped around the Earth in its magnetic field lines. The second radiation source is the Sun, which continuously emits energetic particles toward the Earth. The third source of particles is galactic cosmic rays. These are made up of ions ranging from a simple proton to uranium.