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Record 36 of 54247
The Satellite Nuclear Power Station - An option for future power generation.
Author and Affiliation:
Williams, J. R.
Clement, J. D.(Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Ga., United States)
Abstract: A new concept in nuclear power generation is being explored which essentially eliminates major objections to nuclear power. The Satellite Nuclear Power Station, remotely operated in synchronous orbit, would transmit power safely to the ground by a microwave beam. Fuel reprocessing would take place in space and no radioactive materials would ever be returned to earth. Even the worst possible accident to such a plant should have negligible effect on the earth. An exploratory study of a satellite nuclear power station to provide 10,000 MWe to the earth has shown that the system could weigh about 20 million pounds and cost less than $1000/KWe. An advanced breeder reactor operating with an MHD power cycle could achieve an efficiency of about 50% with a 1100 K radiator temperature. If a hydrogen moderated gas core reactor is used, its breeding ratio of 1.10 would result in a fuel doubling time of a few years. A rotating fluidized bed or NERVA type reactor might also be used. The efficiency of power transmission from synchronous orbit would range from 70% to 80%.
Publication Date: Jan 01, 1973
Document ID:
19730053610
(Acquired Dec 04, 1995)
Accession Number: 73A38412
Subject Category: NUCLEAR ENGINEERING
Document Type: Conference Proceedings
Publication Information: (SEE A73-38386 19-03)
Publisher Information: United States
Meeting Information: Intersociety Energy Conversion Engineering Conference; 8th; August 13-16, 1973; Philadelphia, PA
Contract/Grant/Task Num: NGR-11-002-145
Financial Sponsor: NASA; United States
Description: 8p; In English
Distribution Limits: Unclassified; Publicly available; Unlimited
Rights: Copyright
NASA Terms: NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS; POWER TRANSMISSION; REACTOR TECHNOLOGY; SATELLITE TRANSMISSION; SPACE POWER UNIT REACTORS; BEAMS (RADIATION); BREEDER REACTORS; GAS REACTORS; MAGNETOHYDRODYNAMIC GENERATORS; MICROWAVE TRANSMISSION; NUCLEAR ENGINE FOR ROCKET VEHICLES; REACTOR SAFETY
Imprint And Other Notes: In: Intersociety Energy Conversion Engineering Conference, 8th, Philadelphia, Pa., August 13-16, 1973, Proceedings. (A73-38386 19-03) New York, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Inc., 1973, p. 566-573.
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