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A Summary of NASA Architecture Studies Utilizing Fission Surface Power TechnologyBeginning with the Exploration Systems Architecture Study in 2005, NASA has conducted various mission architecture studies to evaluate implementation options for the U.S. Space Policy (formerly the Vision for Space Exploration). Several of the studies examined the use of Fission Surface Power (FSP) systems for human missions to the lunar and Martian surface. This paper summarizes the FSP concepts developed under four different NASA-sponsored architecture studies: Lunar Architecture Team, Mars Architecture Team, Lunar Surface Systems/Constellation Architecture team, and International Architecture Working Group-Power Function team. The results include a summary of FSP design characteristics, a compilation of mission-compatible FSP configuration options, and an FSP concept-of-operations that is consistent with the overall mission objectives.
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Document Type
Mason, Lee
(NASA Glenn Research Center Cleveland, OH, United States)
Poston, Dave
(Los Alamos National Lab. NM, United States)
Date Acquired
August 25, 2013
Publication Date
July 26, 2010
Subject Category
Lunar And Planetary Science And Exploration
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Meeting Information
2010 International Energy Conversion Engineering Conference (IECEC)
Funding Number(s)
WBS: WBS 463169.
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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