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Bubble Technology Industries Receives Funding for Space-Related Projects

Bubble Technology Industries (BTI) has received support from the Canadian Space Agency for two new research projects.  The first project focuses on the development of a new neutron radiation spectrometer for measuring and characterizing neutron radiation on the International Space Station. The second project addresses the development of a new spectrometric technique for detecting and identifying trace quantities of materials during space exploration missions. For more information, please see this article about the full range of programs funded under this initiative.


Bubble Technology Industries Awarded Project Through CSA’s Space Technology Development Program

Cheryl Gallant, Canadian Member of Parliament for Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke, was on-site today to announce a new $555,281 project award to Bubble Technology Industries through the Canadian Space Agency’s Space Technology Development Program. The funding will support a feasibility study for a Multi-Agent Field Analyzer for Space Applications (MAFASA). This entails developing a new technique to identify components from geological samples gathered in the course of a manned or robotic exploration of extraterrestrial bodies such as Mars, the Moon, or an asteroid. News of this announcement can be found at CherylGallant.com.


Dr. Martin Smith Presents Results from the Measurements of Neutron Radiation on the International Space Station

On March 26th, 2015, Dr. Martin Smith, a Senior Scientist at Bubble Technology Industries, presented the “Measurements of Neutron Radiation on the International Space Station” to the Canadian Nuclear Society. Protection of astronauts from radiation is a high priority for long-duration human spaceflight, including proposed exploration missions to the moon and Mars. In order to improve understanding of radiation in space, measurements have been performed in low-Earth orbit for many years. These measurements, including those conducted using bubble detectors designed and manufactured by Bubble Technology Industries (BTI), have shown that neutrons contribute significantly to the total radiation dose received by astronauts. Since 2006, bubble detectors have been used to characterize neutron radiation on the International Space Station. These experiments have been performed by crewmembers including Canadian astronauts Bob Thirsk and Chris Hadfield. Results from these experiments can be found in Oxford Journal’s Radiation Protection Dosimetry Volume 133 issue 4, Volume 152 issue 4 and Volume 163, issue 1.


Ongoing Radiation Experiments Onboard the ISS

As part of the ongoing Radi-N2 experiment, which aims to characterize neutron radiation in various locations of the International Space Station, bubble detectors were deployed in the Japanese Experiment Module on January 6th, 2015. This was the first measurement using a new set of detectors, delivered by BTI in October 2014. More information can be found on the NASA ISS On-Orbit Status Blog for January 6th, 2015.


Update on Radi-N2 Bubble Detector Experiments aboard the International Space Station

The Radi-N2 project, funded by the Canadian Space Agency, continues to collect neutron radiation monitoring data using Bubble Technology Industries’ bubble detectors inside the International Space Station (ISS). Measurements were performed recently by NASA astronaut Barry Wilmore in the US Laboratory of the ISS. More information can be found on the NASA ISS On-Orbit Status Blog for February 3rd, 2015.

For more information, please see this article on the Space Ref website.


Radiation Dosimetry Inside ISS

As part of the ongoing Radi-N2 experiment, which aims to characterize neutron radiation in various locations of the International Space Station, bubble detectors were deployed in the Japanese Experiment Module on January 6th, 2015. This was the first measurement using a new set of detectors, delivered by BTI in October 2014. More information can be found on the NASA ISS On-Orbit Status Blog for January 6th, 2015.


Join Bubble Technology Industries at the 65th International Astronautical Congress

Join BTI at the 65th International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Toronto, Canada from September 29th to October 3rd, 2014. BTI will be presenting recent results from the Matroshka-R and Radi-N2 experiments, which measure neutron radiation on the International Space Station using BTI’s Bubble Detectors on October 1st.

If you would like to meet with a BTI representative at the IAC, please contact us at info@bubbletech.ca.

For more information on the 65th IAC, please visit the IAC 2014 website.


Join Bubble Technology Industries at the 2014 Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance Annual Conference and Exhibit in Buffalo, NY

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Bubble Technology Industries will be exhibiting at the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance Annual Conference and Exhibit in Buffalo, NY on Sept 15th– 17th, 2014 and we would like to take the opportunity to invite you to join us.

Visit booth 15 to find out about BTI’s latest products in radiation detection including our new state-of-the-art mobile radiation detection system—FlexSpec Mobile.

To find out more about the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance Conference and Exhibit, visit www.cvsa.org/events/annual_conference/2014/index.php 

We hope to see you there!


Results from Measurements on ISS to be Presented at WRMISS

BTI will be presenting recent results from the Matroshka-R and Radi-N2 experiments, which measure neutron radiation on the International Space Station using BTI’s Bubble Detectors, at the upcoming Workshop on Radiation Monitoring for the International Space Station (WRMISS). The workshop will be held from September 9th to September 11th, 2014 in Krakow, Poland.

If you would like to meet with a BTI representative at WRMISS, please contact us at info@bubbletech.ca.

For more information on the 19th annual WRMISS , please visit the WRMISS 2014 website.

Photo courtesy of NASA.


Matroshka-R and Radi-N2 Presentation at COSPAR 2014

Recent results from the Matroshka-R and Radi-N2 experiments, which measure neutron radiation on the International Space Station using BTI’s Bubble Detectors, will be presented on August 5th, 2014 at the 40th Committee on Space Research (COSPAR) Scientific Assembly in Moscow, Russia.

For more information on the 40th COSPAR Scientific Assembly, please visit the COSPAR Assembly website.


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