Launch Site Radiological Emergency Response for the Cassini Mission


G. M. Marmaro


Radiological emergency response planning and support for the 15 October 1997 Cassini Launch from the Eastern Launch Site (Kennedy Space Center/Cape Canaveral Air Station) is reviewed. Space nuclear launches are multi-agency efforts and include support and participation form the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the U.S. Department of Energy, the United States Air Force, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and the State and surrounding counties of Florida. Supporting systems and elements, including mobile field radiological monitoring teams, computerized dispersion modeling, airborne monitoring, automated data management, and both active and passive sampling techniques, are described. Communication, command and control, and interagency interfaces are also covered.


This abstract was presented at the 32nd Annual Midyear Meeting, "Creation and Future Legacy of Stockpile Stewardship Isotope Production, Applications, and Consumption", Space Applications Session, 1/24/1999 - 1/27/1999, held in Albuquerque, NM.

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