PROGRAM 631A. VOLUME 6. EXPERIMENT D 8: RADIATION IN SPACECRAFT
AIR FORCE WEAPONS LAB KIRTLAND AFB NM
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This document describes in technical detail the Air Force Radiation Experiment D8, carried out as a part of the 631A Program on the NASA Gemini flights. This experiment was concerned with gathering dose data and developing techniques furthering the art of manned spacecraft radiation dosimetry systems. Information from D8 should be of significant value in insuring manned mission safety and success in the future. From this effort new and highly sophisticated space-flight-worthy radiac systems have evolved. Their versatility in manned space operations was demonstrated for the first time on Gemini IV. D8 was the initial effort to place a complete dosimetry system on-board a manned spacecraft. This radiation experiment consisted of the latest available passive devices complimentary to and correlated with active ionization chambers giving instantaneous dose data. The information gathered in this experiment has been used to perform vital empirical checks on existing computational techniques and is presently providing corrections for application to theoretical prediction capabilities for radiation hazards associated with future manned spaceflights.
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