New anti-radiation vest tested as part of the first mission to the Moon
The US space agency NASA and the Israel Space Agency (ISA) signed an agreement to conduct trials of new anti-radiation vest AstroRad in the first mission to the Moon Exploration Mission-1 (EM-1), which will be implemented through a new launch vehicle NASA Space Launch System ( SLS).
AstroRad - this is the second product of the US-Israeli company StemRad after StemRad 360 Gamma - the first portable panel in the world, providing significant protection against gamma radiation, according to Space.com portal.
StemRad company based in Tel Aviv, and is working with one of the main contractors NASA, now Lockheed Martin, engaged in the development of manned spacecraft Orion. His-and planned to send to the moon on the SLS rocket as part of a three-week mission at the end of 2019 - beginning of 2020.
Greater threat to space missions to study deep space is cosmic radiation. To solve this problem in the future will vest AstroRad, say its developers. As part of the test mission EM-1 on board the spacecraft Orion will be two dummy (created by German Aerospace Center), each of which will be connected to thousands of different radiation sensors and actuators. One of the dummies is scheduled to don the vest AstroRad, the second will be without him. Although Orion capsule within a relatively short mission EM-1 on the way to the Moon is unlikely to face a powerful solar wind, the device passes through the Van Allen radiation belts - zone energy charged particles that are formed under the influence of the solar wind. According vest developers, this will be an excellent test for their new product.
If the tests are successful, then AstroRad can start using within the manned missions into deep space. In addition, in 2018 it is planned to check the vest on board the International Space Station. As part of this mission, the developers want to check its ergonomics in microgravity.