Title: Timepix in LEO orbit onboard the VZLUSAT-1 nanosatellite: 1-year of space radiation dosimetry measurements
Authors: Báča, Tomáš
Jílek, Miroslav
Veřtát, Ivo
Urban, Martin
Nentvich, Ondřej
Filgas, Robert
Granja, Carlos
Inneman, Adolf
Daniel, Vladimír
Citation: BÁČA, T., JÍLEK, M., VEŘTÁT, I., URBAN, M., NENTVICH, O., FILGAS, R., GRANJA, C., INNEMAN, A., DANIEL, V. Timepix in LEO orbit onboard the VZLUSAT-1 nanosatellite: 1-year of space radiation dosimetry measurements. Journal of Instrumentation, 2018, roč. 13, č. November, s. 0-8. ISSN 1748-0221.
Issue Date: 2018
Publisher: IOP PUBLISHING
Document type: článek
article
URI: 2-s2.0-85057612019
http://hdl.handle.net/11025/33698
ISSN: 1748-0221
Keywords in different language: on-board space electronics;particle detectors;space instrumentation;X-ray detectors and telescopes
Abstract: The VZLUSAT-1 satellite, the first Czech CubeSat, was successfully launched on June 23, 2017, to a 510 km Sun-synchronous low-Earth orbit. It carries several scientific payloads including a Timepix detector as focal plane imager for the X-Ray telescope onboard. The Timepix detector contributes significantly to the satellite data collection, with more than 25 000 sampling acquisitions in the first year of deployment. Despite limitations of the satellite attitude control system, necessary for capturing X-Ray images of the Sun, the Timepix detector allows measuring the space radiation environment along the satellite orbit. As of September 2018, we conducted 33 whole-Earth mappings, recording radiation doses around the planet. Further, we show data from scans of the South Atlantic Anomaly and polar radiation horns, where the location and acquisition time were tailored to minimize event pile-up and particle track overlap. Since October 2017, the optics segment of the onboard X-Ray telescope was deployed, which exposed the Timepix detector unshielded to free open space. This change produced entirely new observations namely of low energy charged particles and a significant increase of measured particle flux. We also registered the effects of exposing the sensor to direct intense sunlight. We will summarize on the actual performance of the custom readout interface, which exceeds expectations in the constrained environment of the low-cost and low-powered CubeSat nanosatellite.
Abstract in different language: The VZLUSAT-1 satellite, the first Czech CubeSat, was successfully launched on June 23, 2017, to a 510 km Sun-synchronous low-Earth orbit. It carries several scientific payloads including a Timepix detector as focal plane imager for the X-Ray telescope onboard. The Timepix detector contributes significantly to the satellite data collection, with more than 25 000 sampling acquisitions in the first year of deployment. Despite limitations of the satellite attitude control system, necessary for capturing X-Ray images of the Sun, the Timepix detector allows measuring the space radiation environment along the satellite orbit. As of September 2018, we conducted 33 whole-Earth mappings, recording radiation doses around the planet. Further, we show data from scans of the South Atlantic Anomaly and polar radiation horns, where the location and acquisition time were tailored to minimize event pile-up and particle track overlap. Since October 2017, the optics segment of the onboard X-Ray telescope was deployed, which exposed the Timepix detector unshielded to free open space. This change produced entirely new observations namely of low energy charged particles and a significant increase of measured particle flux. We also registered the effects of exposing the sensor to direct intense sunlight. We will summarize on the actual performance of the custom readout interface, which exceeds expectations in the constrained environment of the low-cost and low-powered CubeSat nanosatellite.
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