Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Aerospace, Physics, and Space Sciences

First Advisor

Mirmilad Mirsayar

Second Advisor

Sayed Ehsan Saghaian

Third Advisor

Manasvi Lingam

Fourth Advisor

David C. Fleming


A need exists to protect the crew of interplanetary spacecraft from lethal doses of Galactic Cosmic Radiation (GCR) and Solar Energetic Particles (SEPs). As plans progress to send humans beyond lower Earth orbit (LEO) and outside of Earth’s protective magnetosphere, agencies involved in this endeavor find themselves confronted with the obstacle of shielding the crew from this harmful radiation. A proposed active shielding concept design has been suggested, utilizing charged dielectric capacitors to deflect incoming charged particles. This analysis will examine the feasibility of the proposed design and offer potential materials useful for application. The results should prove informative for comparison to other proposed designs in determining the safest, most cost-effective, and least resource-heavy shielding for a craft to reach beyond Earth orbit.


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