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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. 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.
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Glenn Research Center
Document Type
Conference Paper
Mason, Lee S.
(NASA Glenn Research Center Cleveland, OH, United States)
Poston, David I.
(Los Alamos National Lab. NM, United States)
Date Acquired
August 25, 2013
Publication Date
April 1, 2011
Subject Category
Spacecraft Propulsion And Power
Report/Patent Number
AIAA Paper 2010-6599
Meeting Information
Meeting: Eigth Annual International Energy Conversion and Engineering Conference
Location: Nashville, TN
Country: United States
Start Date: July 25, 2010
End Date: July 28, 2010
Sponsors: American Inst. of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Funding Number(s)
WBS: WBS 463169.
Distribution Limits
Public Use Permitted.
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