Copyright © 2008 by Raul Colon. Published by The Mars Society with permission
RADIATION HARDENING OF SPACE PROBES SYSTEMS
PO Box 29754
Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico 00929
As the Phoenix Probe makes its way towards Mars, its core computer system microchip, the remarkable RAD6000, and many of the probe’s sensitive avionics, communications and telemetric systems, sit deep inside a radiation hardening shell that shelter them from the threats that space radiation pose. Every launched satellite or space probe depended on a radiation protection environment to maintain their sensitive electronic systems on-line.