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Fission Surface Power Technology Development StatusWith the potential future deployment of a lunar outpost there is expected to be a clear need for a high-power, lunar surface power source to support lunar surface operations independent of the day-night cycle, and Fission Surface Power (FSP) is a very effective solution for power levels above a couple 10 s of kWe. FSP is similarly enabling for the poorly illuminated surface of Mars. The power levels/requirements for a lunar outpost option are currently being studied, but it is known that cost is clearly a predominant concern to decision makers. This paper describes the plans of NASA and the DOE to execute an affordable fission surface power system technology development project to demonstrate sufficient technology readiness of an affordable FSP system so viable and cost-effective FSP system options will be available when high power lunar surface system choices are expected to be made in the early 2010s.
Document ID
Document Type
Technical Memorandum (TM)
Palac, Donald T.
(NASA Glenn Research Center Cleveland, OH, United States)
Mason, Lee S.
(NASA Glenn Research Center Cleveland, OH, United States)
Harlow, Scott
(Department of Energy Germantown, MD, United States)
Date Acquired
August 24, 2013
Publication Date
March 1, 2009
Subject Category
Nuclear Physics
Report/Patent Number
Meeting Information
47th Aerospace Sciences Meeting(Orlando, FL)
Funding Number(s)
WBS: WBS 463169.
Distribution Limits
Public Use Permitted.
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