Radiation Testing Infrastructure for the U.S. Space Program – New Report Feb. 1

The United States space community has grown to include robust national security, civil, and commercial sectors.  Exposed to various radiation environments, the electronics in spacecraft have shown a susceptibility to the effects of radiation, and the impacts of these effects continue to change as part sizes decrease, semiconductor technologies change, and alternative technologies arise, making electronics testing critical to mission success.

A new report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine evaluates 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. 

Advance copies of Testing at the Speed of Light: The State of U.S. Electronic Parts Radiation Testing Infrastructure will be available to reporters only beginning at noon EST on Wednesday, Jan. 31.  The report is embargoed and not for public release before 11 a.m. EST on Thursday, Feb. 1.  To obtain an embargoed copy of the report, reporters should contact the National Academies’ Office of News and Public Information; tel. 202-334-2138 or email news@nas.edu