With Lunar Zebro we want to contribute to fill this gap by measuring the radiation environment on the moon surface with an on-board highly miniaturized radiation sensor. The instrument will acquire a unique data-set of measurements taken at different locations which would allow us to understand the shielding capabilities of the lunar landscape. The ultimate goal is to deploy a swarm of mini rovers which could provide an accurate map of the radiation environment on the Moon surface and help the future astronauts to build the shelters which can protect them.
- To design, manufacture and operate a miniaturised radiation payload able to characterise accurately the radiation environment on the Moon surface
- To deploy identical radiation payloads on multiple rovers to obtain an unprecedented map of the radiation environment on the Moon surface
Currently we are developing the 1st generation Lunar Zebro radiation payload based on the Floating Gate Dosimeter and we are calibrating it using the proton beam at HollandPTC. This work is part of the on-going MSc thesis of Abhimanyu Shanbhag ¨Radiation Measurement on a Lunar Nano-Rover Platform¨
The research areas our team focus on are:
- Design, assembly, integration and testing of miniaturized radiation sensors
- Calibration of radiation sensors with particle beams and fixed field sources.
- Data analysis of radiation sensors
- Monte-carlo simulation of the radiation sensors in realistic shielding and environment conditions
Dr. Alessandra Menicucci
Since 2015 she is tenured assistant professor at the faculty of Aerospace Engineering of TU Delft, in the Space System Engineering section. Her research interest focuses on the development of miniaturized radiation sensors which can be distributed on-board of micro-satellites and on the radiation tolerance assurance of COTS. She is also the project manager of the Delfi Space Program, which launched in 2022 the Delfi-PQ satellite.