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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
Acquisition Source
Glenn Research Center
Document Type
Technical Memorandum (TM)
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
Meeting Information
Meeting: Space Technology and Applications International Forum
Location: Albuquerque, NM
Country: United States
Start Date: February 2, 2003
End Date: February 6, 2003
Sponsors: New Mexico Univ., American Inst. of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Funding Number(s)
WBS: WBS 22-706-87-02
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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