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Radiation Protection for Spaceships to Mars
IDEA BY: Terry Carlow LOCATION: Canada CATEGORY: Technology

ENTRY TITLE

Radiation Protection for Spaceships to Mars
IDEA BY: Terry Carlow
LOCATION: Canada
CATEGORY: Technology

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Getting to Mars exposes astronauts to radiation and our spaceship to micro meteor damage. No easy solution exists to this problem, let us use a difficult solution that actually works.

The spaceship must have fasteners to attach the lead boxes to the outside surface to form a permanent shield over the surface of the spaceship. The lead boxes can be very thin(1-2cm) so they weigh less but must be at least one foot high. The box can be any length and width eg. 30cms x 60cms. The boxes could vary in size around the surface of the spaceship, similar to the heat shields used on Discovery. The spaceship’ is built with surface lead box connections ( eg screw holes, or fasteners) and launched to the Space Station. Astronauts perform space walks to attach the lead boxes to the outside of the spaceship, bolting or fastening the box through the bottom of the lead box to the spaceship. Over time small sealed plastic bags of grouped lead cubes(eg 1cm each cubed) are brought with supplies on reuseable rockets to the space station. Astronauts install the small lead cubes inside the lead boxes completely filling the lead box leaving no spaces. A thin lead lid is bolted onto each lead box. Result: a one foot thick lead box everywhere on the surface of the ship to protect the astronauts from radiation. For servicing purposes the lead boxes could be designed to fit the outside surface of access panels and small sealed bags of lead that inside the lead boxes could be temporarily removed to access a protected panel lock which could then be opened to service machinery or equipment. Thus panel locks are protected from micro meteor damage. Lead boxes could be designed to protect windows but have crank handles to retract the lead boxes so you can see out the window. The lead box would have to be hinged to the next lead box in order to open.