April 2014 Monthly Meeting

April 04, 2014: April 2014 Monthly Meeting

Novice Meeting: 6:30PM
Novice Meeting Topic: 
Finding Your Way in the Night Sky
Novice Meeting Speaker: 
Rene Gedaly
General Meeting: 7:15PM
General Meeting Topic: 
Using Technology Developed for the Central Trackers at the LHC at CERN to Provide Active Space Radiation Monitors for Astronauts
General Meeting Speaker: 
Larry Pinsky, University of Houston
About the General Meeting Presentation

The Medipix Collaborations at CERN have been spun-off to develop the active pixel detector technology used at the LHC for medical imaging applications. While the University of Houston is active in that effort, it is also heavily involved in using the same technology to provide active space radiation dosimeters and area monitors. There are currently 6 units deployed on the ISS, and the first test of the new Orion module will carry 2 battery powered units, the only radiation monitors on that mission. Work is also underway to develop the operational units that will be built into the final manned Orion spacecraft. The technology is so compact and agile, that an actual device identical to the flight unit on the ISS will be demonstrated during the talk using only the laptop used to control the PowerPoint presentation.

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Meetings are held at the Trini Mendenhall Community Center, which is located at 1414 Wirt Rd, Houson, TX 77055.

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