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Progress Towards Real-Time Radiation Measurements On Aircraft, L. Duane Bell, W. Kent Tobiska, Robert W. Schunk Oct 2013

Progress Towards Real-Time Radiation Measurements On Aircraft, L. Duane Bell, W. Kent Tobiska, Robert W. Schunk

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The Space Weather Center (SWC) at Utah State University has created a team to deploy and obtain radiation effective dose rate data from dosimeters flown on commercial aircraft. The objective is to improve the accuracy of radiation dose and dose rate estimates for commercial aviation flight crews. There are two general sources of radiation exposure for flight crews: (1) the ever-present, background galactic cosmic rays (GCR), which originate outside the solar system, and (2) the solar energetic particle (SEP) events (or solar cosmic rays), which are associated with solar flares and coronal mass ejections lasting for several hours to days ...