A team of Czech academia and industry has developed new SpacePix Detectors® for cosmic weather studies. On Friday July 5th, 2019 a set of detectors will be launched board the Russian satellite Socrat-R. The primary mission is to monitor the cosmic weather and the Earth’s radiation field. SpacePix uses unique monolithic pixel detectors developed by the Czech Technical University (CTU, Faculty of Nuclear and Physical Engineering), supplemented with PIN diode open-source Dosimeter developed at the Institute of Nuclear Physics ASCR.
The Czech part of the satellite apparatus was designed by the consortium of FJFI CTU, esc Aerospace s.r.o. and ÚJF AVČR. Prime contractor for design and production of the whole instrument was esc Aerospace s.r.o. with major contributions of FJFI CTU in Prague, ÚJF and Universal Scientific Technologies s.r.o. The radiation-resistant new generation detectors were developed in the Czech Republic at FJFI in the framework of the TA ČR and the MPO grants. These projects are a spin-off project of the CZECH Competence Centre TE01020069. The PIN-diode dosimeter was developed as part of the CRREAT project.
Launch of the Soyuz 2.1 b/Fregat carrier can be watched online on Friday July 5th at 7:41 PM CET: https://lnkd.in/dXwyDBq