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Lunar Helium-3 and Fusion PowerThe NASA Office of Exploration sponsored the NASA Lunar Helium-3 and Fusion Power Workshop. The meeting was held to understand the potential of using He-3 from the moon for terrestrial fusion power production. It provided an overview, two parallel working sessions, a review of sessions, and discussions. The lunar mining session concluded that mining, beneficiation, separation, and return of He-3 from the moon would be possible but that a large scale operation and improved technology is required. The fusion power session concluded that: (1) that He-3 offers significant, possibly compelling, advantages over fusion of tritium, principally increased reactor life, reduced radioactive wastes, and high efficiency conversion, (2) that detailed assessment of the potential of the D/He-3 fuel cycle requires more information, and (3) D/He-3 fusion may be best for commercial purposes, although D/T fusion is more near term.
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Document Type
Conference Proceedings
Date Acquired
September 5, 2013
Publication Date
September 1, 1988
Subject Category
Plasma Physics
Report/Patent Number
NAS 1.55:10018
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Funding Number(s)
PROJECT: RTOP 195-42-60
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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