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Effects of radiation in space

The dangers and effects caused by radiation are a factor to be taken into account before carrying out a space mission. It is imporant to know them and to take the necessary measures to ensure the maximum safety and success
Enrollment in this course is by invitation only

About This Course

Radiation is everywhere. We are continuously exposed to the radiation. It can be natural, that come from the Sun, or artificial, such as X-rays or medical equipment. And, equally, there are places, such as space, where its effect is much more dangerous both to humans and to electronic devices. Whenever a space mission is carried out with certain technological equipment, it is essential to consider radiation levels (and their possible effects) before and during the expedition. Do you know that the radiation exposure level could influence in the project cost? Or that a certain level of radiation higher than expected can burn devices and ruin an entire mission?

Here you will have the opportunity to discover what is the radiation, types, its interaction with the matter, the importance of the radiological protection, the respect of regulated standards and more. Moreover, you will find content that are not so implanted in society (there is not enough social awareness) and which are not included in the curricula.

What will you learn?

To sum up, in this course, you will learn about: - The concept of radiation: Types, nature its interaction with matter. It is specially focus on the ionizing radiation, which is the most frequent in the space and in radiation environments in general and requires specific prevention and protection measures.

- The types of effects (TID, DD, SEE) that the radiation could cause in technological devices in the radiation environments and how to prevent them. Types of components which are most affected.

- Testing. Standards and procedures to consider in a radiation test. Facilities that carry out radiation tests.

- Radiation Hardness Assurance (RHA) for space systems. Measures and security procedures before and during a space mission which involve radiation.

By the hand of Alter Technology, company with more than 30 years of work and experience in the field of EEE (Electrical, Electronical and Electromechanical) components, engineering and testing and certification of equipment, you will acquire all the basic and necessary aspects to get closer to the world of radiation and space.
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Course Staff

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Alter Technology

ALTER TECHNOLOGY is a quality driven company providing procurement, engineering and test services for electronic components and systems, within the space and harsh environment markets. We work in many markets including Aerospace, Security, Transport, Emergency Services, Health and Safety and Automotive. More information:


How much time should I invest in completing the course?

The course will be divided into several sessions distributed in modules. You should expect to spend 2-3 hours per week to complete the course, including: Going through the material / Viewing the videos and demonstrations / Completing exercises / Participation / Further reading

Will I receive a certificate for completing this course?

Of course. You will receive a certificate validated by EdX, the official online course platform of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the University of Harvard with more than 10 million users, and by ALTER Technology, a company with more than 30 years of experience in the EEE components sector.