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.