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Impact of radiation dose on nuclear shuttle configurationThe impact of nuclear radiation (from the NERVA propulsion system) on the selection of a reference configuration for each of two classes of the reusable nuclear shuttle is considered. One class was characterized by a single propellant tank, the shape of whose bottom was found to have a pronounced effect on crew radiation levels and associated shield weight requirements. A trade study of shield weight versus structural weight indicated that the minimum-weight configuration for this class had a tank bottom in the shape of a frustum of a 10 deg-half-angle cone. A hybrid version of this configuration was found to affect crew radiation levels in substantially the same manner. The other class of RNS consisted of a propulsion module and eight propellant modules. Radiation analyses of various module arrangements led to a design configuration with no external shield requirements.
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Conference Paper
Goetz, C. A. (McDonnell-Douglas Astronautics Co. Huntington Beach, CA, United States)
Billings, M. A. (McDonnell-Douglas Astronautics Co. Huntington Beach, CA, United States)
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August 6, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1972
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Publication: NASA, Washington Proc. of the Natl. Symp. on Nat. and Manmade Radiation in Space
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Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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