Radiation Environment Monitor for Spacecraft (REMS)

Period of Performance: 07/30/2012 - 04/30/2013

$150K

Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Invocon, Inc.
19221 IH-45 South; Ste. 530
Conroe, TX 77385
Principal Investigator

Abstract

ABSTRACT: Invocon proposes its Radiation Environment Monitor for Spacecraft (REMS) as a method to provide real-time space radiation weather information for satellites and other spacecraft. REMS measures, stores, and communicates information about radiation dose, dose rate, and angle of incidence. It also differentiates between types of radiation including all particles composed of electrons, protons, and neutrons. The small, low-power nature of REMS will have minimal logistical impact on its host platforms, and its ability to change measurement characteristics after deployment significantly increases its long-term relevance in the event of changing regulations and updated weather models. The real-time capabilities of REMS will enable ground controllers to mitigate the effect of significant weather events on satellites. BENEFIT: Invocon s Radiation Environment Monitor for Spacecraft (REMS) is useful for monitoring satellites and other spacecraft to determine the real-time space weather to which they are subjected. This technology is small and low power making it useful for both large and small satellites. In addition to satellites, REMS can be deployed on other space vehicles for monitoring radiation exposure by equipment and personnel. Finally, it can be useful in measuring radiation on earth.