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High Power MPD Nuclear Electric Propulsion (NEP) for Artificial Gravity HOPE Missions to CallistoThis documents the results of a one-year multi-center NASA study on the prospect of sending humans to Jupiter's moon, Callisto, using an all Nuclear Electric Propulsion (NEP) space transportation system architecture with magnetoplasmadynamic (MPD) thrusters. The fission reactor system utilizes high temperature uranium dioxide (UO2) in tungsten (W) metal matrix cermet fuel and electricity is generated using advanced dynamic Brayton power conversion technology. The mission timeframe assumes on-going human Moon and Mars missions and existing space infrastructure to support launch of cargo and crewed spacecraft to Jupiter in 2041 and 2045, respectively.
Document ID
20040005901
Document Type
Technical Memorandum (TM)
Authors
McGuire, Melissa L.
(NASA Glenn Research Center Cleveland, OH, United States)
Borowski, Stanley K.
(NASA Glenn Research Center Cleveland, OH, United States)
Mason, Lee M.
(NASA Glenn Research Center Cleveland, OH, United States)
Gilland, James
(Ohio Aerospace Inst. Brook Park, OH, United States)
Date Acquired
September 7, 2013
Publication Date
December 1, 2003
Subject Category
Spacecraft Propulsion And Power
Report/Patent Number
E-13937
NASA/TM-2003-212349
Meeting Information
Space Technology and Applications International Forum(Albuquerque, NM)
Funding Number(s)
WBS: WBS 22-706-87-02
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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