To safeguard its satellites in orbit around the Earth, NASA will blast a very tiny satellite with various types of space radiation in order to protect their orbiting spacecraft. The STP-2 mission, which is part of the SET project, is scheduled to fly on June 24, 2019, onboard a SpaceX rocket. Its goal is to test their technology. This would be important in researching weather conditions in space and throughout the solar system, the way spacecraft are impacted by radiation, and how to improve the capabilities of future spacecraft so that they can explore space more effectively and without fear.
In her statement, NASA’s Nicola Fox noted that these missions will aid in the discovery of the greatest technologies and appropriate materials that would be beneficial in space. It would restrict the launch of space missions that would be unable to withstand the atmosphere.
Radiation from our Sun or deep space is capable of causing significant damage to spacecraft hardware and software components, thus it is a significant hazard. SET is a component of the DSX mission, which is one of four payloads to be launched on STP-2 as part of the United States Air Force. Specifically, Van Allen zones will be the focus of this expedition. It is completely filled with radiation that has been trapped by the planet’s magnetic fields. The occurrence of solar winds or the connection of a sun’s magnetic field with the Earth’s magnetic field causes a change in the Earth’s magnetic field, which in turn causes a change in the Earth’s magnetic field and triggers numerous events.
Michael Xapsos, the project manager for this trip, claimed that it was impossible to predict how accurate weather measurements would be up there, which was the rationale for this expedition. Additionally, NASA hopes to build better shielded and highly efficient spacecraft with the help of the SET data. When it comes to security, people want to know that they have the right level of protection that protects them from dangers but isn’t too much to handle. According to Fox, the cost of launching a kilogramme of cargo into space is quite expensive. Obtaining the exact quantity of protection required would be really beneficial.