August 28, 2012
In the Loop: “Building the RBSP Spacecraft” – New Movie Chronicles Design and Construction of Twin Spacecraft
In order to study the Van Allen radiation belts, NASA needed two tough spacecraft equipped with the best instrumentation ever flown into these hazardous regions of near-Earth space. Building the Radiation Belt Storm Probes with enough protection and flexibility to survive the belts was the challenge facing the RBSP team at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Md.
RBSP is part of NASA's Living With a Star Program to explore aspects of the connected sun-Earth system that directly affect life and society. LWS is managed by the agency's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. APL built the RBSP spacecraft and will manage the mission for NASA.
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