Detecting Radiation

Radiation is one of those “gonna’ have to worry about it” issues for Space Elevator passengers (and possibily some of the cargo), but one that can, hopefully be dealt with.  If I’m in a climber, I would like some sort of positive reinforcement that whatever shielding has been provided is working and that I’m not getting pinged with too much radiation.

The National Space Biomedical Research Institute, in cooperation with faculty and midshipmen from the United States Naval Academy, is developing a portable measuring device for measuring radiation.  They’re targeting it for Lunar and Martian missions, but I see no reason why it wouldn’t work on a Space Elevator.

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  1. lauren hammit

    Hi Ted, glad to read your thoughts and thanks for posting a link to the microdosimeter story. Once testing is over, the hope of course is that the device will have applications for all needs – space elevators, orbital flights, sub-orbital flights – everything pertaining to our shared future-in-space goal.

    I had the pleasure of attending the X-prize Race in New Mexico last year and the space elevator work holds my greatest hope. Like other tourists there, I appreciated the proof-of-concept competition for elevators, but I couldn’t wait until I could one day see something crawling. I follow the elevator race and the project’s incrimental progress with the utmost interest and appreciate your work here as a resource.

    On my personal work front, in the event you have interest in catching news on the human side, you’re welcome to sign up for the E-News list on http://www.nsbri.org: http://www.nsbri.org/NewsPublicOut/ENews.epl.

    All the best,
    Lauren

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