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Modelling space weather events and mitigating their effects on satellites

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Over the last ten years the number of satellites on orbit has grown significantly to more than 1000. We also depend on satellites more than ever for applications such as TV, internet, mobile phones, navigation, banking and finance. All these satellites must be designed to withstand the harsh radiation in space for up to 15 years or more. Space weather events can increase radiation levels by five orders of magnitude in the Earth’s radiation belts and trigger bursts of high energy particles which can disrupt satellite operations and sometimes cause a complete satellite loss. Europe is investing heavily in space with the Galileo radio-navigation system and developing a competitive space industry. It is therefore important that we assess and mitigate the impact of space weather, particularly extreme events. This proposal brings together scientists and engineers from across Europe with commercial stakeholders to assess the impact of space weather and develop mitigation strategies. We will undertake studies of past space weather events using state-of-the-art computer models and data analysis techniques. We will reconstruct 30 years of the radiation environment for medium Earth orbit for Galileo, and for geostationary orbit. We will use data, models, and plasma theory to define the radiation environment for extreme space weather events, and conduct simulations and experiments to determine the impact on systems and components. We will assess the risk and develop new mitigation guidelines. We will perform experiments on new materials and techniques to reduce surface charging on solar arrays, and develop better physical models to forecast the radiation belts to provide warnings and alerts. We will develop a stakeholder community and deliver the results in a form accessible to the public. The project will deliver data, mitigation guidelines and experimental results that will continue long after the project and which will improve the design of future satellites.

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FP7-SPACE-2013-1
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Koordynator

NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL
Adres
Polaris House, North Star Avenue
SN2 1EU Swindon Wilthshire
United Kingdom
Rodzaj działalności
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Wkład UE
€ 687 224,62
Kontakt administracyjny
Lucy Gonzalez (Ms)

Uczestnicy (4)

ILMATIETEEN LAITOS
Finlandia
Wkład UE
€ 374 778,75
Adres
Erik Palmenin Aukio 1
00560 Helsinki
Rodzaj działalności
Research Organisations
Kontakt administracyjny
Natalia Ganushkina (Dr)
DH CONSULTANCY BVBA
Belgia
Wkład UE
€ 150 000
Adres
Diestsestraat 133
3000 Leuven
Rodzaj działalności
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Kontakt administracyjny
Daniel Heynderickx (Dr)
UNIVERSITY OF SURREY
United Kingdom
Wkład UE
€ 385 300
Adres
Stag Hill
GU2 7XH Guildford
Rodzaj działalności
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Kontakt administracyjny
Maria Sega-Buhalis (Mrs)
OFFICE NATIONAL D'ETUDES ET DE RECHERCHES AEROSPATIALES
Francja
Wkład UE
€ 383 998,12
Adres
Chemin De La Huniere
91120 Palaiseau
Rodzaj działalności
Research Organisations
Kontakt administracyjny
Jean-Francois Roussel (Dr)