Lucid

LUCID stands for Langton Ultimate Cosmic Ray Intensity Detector. It is a new style cosmic ray detector that will fly on TechDemoSat – 1, a technology demonstration satellite of the UK Space Agency. TechDemoSat-1 launches from Baikonur in Kazakhstan on a Soyuz rocket later in 2014.

LUCID applies detector technology from the Large Hadron Collider to the Space Environment. Surrey Satellite Technology Limited has developed the student design in collaboration with successive years of students and scientists at CERN. The device uses Timepix chips from the Medipix Collaboration. The chips are arranged around the five sides of a cube as shown below.

The project provides inspiration to the next generation of physicists and engineers

The data obtained from LUCID is of interest to the Space Weather community and NASA.

"LUCID is not just an educational experiment, it will be the UK's latest space facility. LUCID's research-quality data will be of direct interest and use to the wider science community, allowing students to engage in real research, studying the basic physics of how space weather works."

Dr Jonathan Eastwood, Lecturer in Space and Atmospheric Physics, Imperial College

"It’s like the Langton are playing at being NASA or the European Space Agency; only they’re not playing, they’re doing the real thing."

Professor Larry Pinsky, Chair of Physics University of Houston and NASA astronaut dosimetry expert