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An Historical Perspective of the NERVA Nuclear Rocket Engine Technology ProgramNuclear rocket research and development was initiated in the United States in 1955 and is still being pursued to a limited extent. The major technology emphasis occurred in the decade of the 1960s and was primarily associated with the Rover/NERVA Program where the technology for a nuclear rocket engine system for space application was developed and demonstrated. The NERVA (Nuclear Engine for Rocket Vehicle Application) technology developed twenty years ago provides a comprehensive and viable propulsion technology base that can be applied and will prove to be valuable for application to the NASA Space Exploration Initiative (SEI). This paper, which is historical in scope, provides an overview of the conduct of the NERVA Engine Program, its organization and management, development philosophy, the engine configuration, and significant accomplishments.
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Legacy CDMS
Document Type
Contractor Report (CR)
Robbins, W. H.
(Analytical Engineering Corp. North Olmsted, OH., United States)
Finger, H. B.
(Sverdrup Technology, Inc., Brook Park OH., United States)
Date Acquired
September 6, 2013
Publication Date
July 1, 1991
Subject Category
Spacecraft Propulsion And Power
Report/Patent Number
NAS 1.26:187154
AIAA PAPER 91-3451
Meeting Information
Meeting: Conference on Advanced Space Exploration Initiative Technologies
Location: Cleveland, OH
Country: United States
Start Date: September 4, 1991
End Date: September 6, 1991
Sponsors: NASA, OAI, AIAA
Accession Number
Funding Number(s)
PROJECT: RTOP 505-43-11
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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