McMaster Nuclear Operations and Facilities partnered with the Radiation Sciences Graduate Program and the McMaster NEUDOSE satellite team at the Canadian Nuclear Association's 2017 conference to showcase the wide range of nuclear related activities occurring on the McMaster University campus.
McMaster NEUDOSE is a team of 35 students designing, fabricating, and testing a one-of-a-kind radiation detector system to measure the types of radiation astronauts are exposed to during space flight. The Dosimetric Instrument for Near-Earth Orbit (DINO) provides the dose contributions from charged and neutral radiation while simultaneously providing tissue equivalence. In other words, this detector's response is similar to that of a human cell. McMaster NEUDOSE is also constructing a satellite that will orbit 465km in altitude in order to house the DINO and supply all of the required resources, such as electricity and a communications system. This extra-curricular project is an incredible way for students from all fields of study to contribute to space science in an extraordinary way.
The nuclear technology utilized in this project will be tested in McMaster's Nuclear Facilities. The DINO and various other electronic components will be tested for strain under neutron and gamma ray sources (mnr.mcmaster.ca).
NEUDOSE team members received high praise from many distinguished professionals at the conference following their presentation in a standing-room only location. Both, Kim Rudd, MP & Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Natural Resources, and Dr. Michael Binder, President of the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, loved hearing about their work!
To learn more about the McMaster NEUDOSE project or to support the team, please visit www.mcmasterneudose.ca!