Space Environment Testbeds 1

past Mission




June 25, 2019


Sun-Earth Interaction


Study spacecraft-harming solar radiation

Space Environment Testbeds were instruments examining how to protect satellites in space from harmful Sun-driven radiation, by studying the harsh space environment near Earth and how it affects spacecraft and their instruments.

SET-1 Mission Image

The Space Environment Testbeds (SET) Project performs flight and ground investigations to address the Living With a Star (LWS) Program goal of understanding how the Sun/Earth interactions affect humanity. The SET Project is the element of the LWS Program that characterizes the space environment and its impact on hardware performance in space.

The project goal for SET is to improve the engineering approach to accommodation and/or mitigation of the effects of solar variability on spacecraft design and operations.

Science Objectives:

  • Define the mechanisms for induced space environment and effects
  • Reduce uncertainties in the definitions of the induced environment and effects on spacecraft and their payloads
  • Improve design and operations guidelines and test protocols so that spacecraft anomalies and failures due to environmental effects during operations are reduced.
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