April 16, 2013
How much radiation can the human body withstand in space—a big concern as space tourism ramps up? If you don’t know, don’t worry: the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is on the case, with help from specialized datacenter provider Elliptical Mobile Solutions.
Nor-Tech confirmed that it is working with Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic and the FAA to develop servers that will help test the amount of radiation humans can withstand as they enter space. Our atmosphere normally does the job of blocking most harmful radiation; in space, however, that protection is eliminated. The FAA is concerned about the possible radiation exposure of humans traveling at altitudes of up to 100 km above the Earth.
Commercial space flight is overseen by the Federal Aviation Administration’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation, which has conducted a series of public teleconferences trying to ascertain the concerns of the industry and the public before it enacts rules governing spaceflight in Oct. 2015.