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Project Title: Space Radiation Effects Testing Infrastructure for the U.S. Space Program

PIN: DEPS-NMMB-15-05         

Major Unit:
Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences

Sub Unit:
Aeronautics & Space Engineering Board DEPS
National Materials and Manufacturing Board DEPS

Day, Dwayne

Subject/Focus Area:
Engineering and Technology; Math, Chemistry and Physics; National Security and Defense; Space and Aeronautics

Space Radiation Effects Testing Infrastructure for the U.S. Space Program
October 23, 2017 - October 24, 2017
National Academy of Sciences Building
2101 Constitution NW
Washington D.C. 20148

If you would like to attend the sessions of this meeting that are open
to the public or need more information please contact:

Contact Name: Dwayne Day
Phone: 202-334-3011


Committee on Space Radiation Hardened Electronics Testing
Meeting #4: October 23-24, 2017
Monday, October 23, 2017
NAS Building Room 250
2101 Constitution Ave., NW Washington, DC 20418


12:15 pm Lunch in the meeting room

1:15 pm Update from DoE Timothy Hallman
Department of Energy


3:15 pm Break (15 minutes)

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

3:00 pm Meeting adjourns for the day

Statement of Task

An ad hoc committee will evaluate the current capabilities and future needs in the United States to ensure electronic components planned for future U.S. space programs are able to withstand the radiation stresses they will be subjected to during their intended mission life. In conducting the study and preparing its report, the committee will:
• Assess the existing infrastructure for verifying the ability of existing and emerging microelectronic, optoelectronic, and photonic components to operate properly in the space radiation environment. A full definition of Infrastructure shall include, but not necessarily be limited to the following five bulleted items–

o Facilities and related resources necessary to characterize radiation stress induced failure modes of electronic components;
o Simulation capabilities and related theory and modeling;
o Facilities and related resources available for undertaking those simulations;
o The workforce available to conduct such simulation and characterization; and
o The training and research experience programs in place to prepare a workforce for these activities.

• Characterize the infrastructure that will be needed in FY 18 and beyond (nominally thru 2030 particularly in the case of particle accelerators) to adequately provide the required capabilities for new and emerging electronic technologies, and identify the principal gaps that exist between existing and needed infrastructure.
• Recommend steps needed to establish within the United States an effective infrastructure that eliminates, or reasonably minimizes, any identified gaps.
• Recommend steps required to provide effective stewardship of the necessary radiation test infrastructure for the foreseeable future.

The following information is provided for any members of the general public who may be in attendance:

This meeting is being held to gather information to help the committee conduct its study. This committee will examine the information and material obtained during this, and other public meetings, in an effort to inform its work. Although opinions may be stated and lively discussion may ensue, no conclusions are being drawn at this time and no recommendations will be made. In fact, the committee will deliberate thoroughly before writing its draft report. Moreover, once the draft report is written, it must go through a rigorous review by experts who are anonymous to the committee, and the committee then must respond to this review with appropriate revisions that adequately satisfy the Academy’s Report Review committee and the chair of the NRC before it is considered an NRC report. Therefore, observers who draw conclusions about the committee’s work based on today’s discussions will be doing so prematurely.

Furthermore, individual committee members often engage in discussion and questioning for the specific purpose of probing an issue and sharpening an argument. The comments of any given committee member may not necessarily reflect the position he or she may actually hold on the subject under discussion, to say nothing of that person’s future position as it may evolve in the course of the project. Any inference about an individual’s position regarding findings or recommendations in the final report are therefore also premature.

Last updated: October 5, 2017, 1:45 PM

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Meeting

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the meeting:

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:
Preparation of the final report. Findings and recommendations. Schedule for getting report into review.

The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:
Only report drafts.

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary: October 25, 2017