A Coupled System for Predicting SPE Fluxes

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX15CG52P
Agency Tracking Number: 150064
Amount: $124,959.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2015
Solicitation Year: 2015
Solicitation Topic Code: T6.02
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
9990 Mesa Rim Road, Suite 170, San Diego, CA, 92121-3933
DUNS: 824866045
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Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Jon Linker
 CEO
 (858) 450-6489
 linkerj@predsci.com
Business Contact
 Lierin Schmidt
Title: Business Official
Phone: (858) 450-6494
Email: lierin@predsci.com
Research Institution
 University New Hampshire
 Karen Jensen
 8 College Road
Durham, NH, 03824-2600
 (603) 862-2172
 Domestic nonprofit research organization
Abstract
Solar Particle Events (SPEs) represent a major hazard for extravehicular maneuvers by astronauts in Earth orbit, and for eventual manned interplanetary space travel. They can also harm aircraft avionics, communication and navigation. We propose to develop a system to aid forecasters in the prediction of such events, and in the identification/lengthening of "all clear" time periods when there is a low probability of such events occurring. The system leverages three recently developed technologies: physics-based models of the solar corona and inner heliosphere, robust CME modeling techniques, and empirical/physics-based assessments of energetic particle fluxes using the Earth-Moon-Mars Radiation Environment Module (EMMREM, University of New Hampshire). When completed, the proposed SPE Threat Assessment Tool, or STAT, will represent a significant step forward in our ability to assess the possible impact of SPE events.

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