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Space Environment Testbeds Overview

The Space Environment Testbeds (SET) Project performs flight and data investigations to address the Living With a Star (LWS) Program goal of understanding how the Sun/Earth interactions affect humanity. It is the part of the LWS program of Science Missions and Targeted Research and Technology (TR&T) ground-based investigations that respond to the following questions:

  • How and why does the Sun vary?
  • How do the Earth and planets respond?
  • What are the affects on humanity?

SET uses existing data and new data from the low-cost SET mission to achieve the following:

  • Define the mechanisms for space environment effects
  • Reduce uncertainties in the environment and its effects on spacecraft and their payloads
  • Improve design and operations guidelines and test protocols so that spacecraft anomalies and failures due to environmental effects during operations are reduced.

Living With a Star’s (LWS) program is a part of the Heliophysics Division…more

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Recent SET News

SET Payload > The SET payload, consisting of 4 board experiments and a space weather monitor, is currently undergoing spacecraft level environmental tests at Kirtland Air Force Base, NM.

Depiction of SET payload> Depiction of the SET payload on the AFRL Demonstration and Science Experiments (DSX) spacecraft



SET will Improve Hardware Performance in the Space Radiation Environment.

Mission Status

Launch Date : April 2018
Mission Phase D: Design & Development

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