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Record 32 of 5090
A nuclear electric propulsion vehicle for planetary exploration
Author and Affiliation:
Pawlik, E. V.(Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech., Pasadena, CA, United States)
Phillips, W. M.(California Institute of Technology, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., United States)
Abstract: A study is currently underway at JPL to design a nuclear electric-propulsion vehicle capable of performing detailed exploration of the outer planets. Evaluation of the design indicates that it is also applicable to orbit raising. Primary emphasis is on the power subsystem. Work on the design of the power system, the mission rationale, and preliminary spacecraft design are summarized. A propulsion system at a 400-kWe power level with a specific weight goal of no more than 25-kg/kW was selected for this study. The results indicate that this goal can be realized along with compatibility with the shuttle launch-vehicle constraints.
Publication Date: Nov 01, 1976
Document ID:
19770032252
(Acquired Dec 01, 1995)
Accession Number: 77A15104
Subject Category: SPACECRAFT PROPULSION AND POWER
Report/Patent Number: AIAA PAPER 76-1041
Document Type: Conference Paper
Publisher Information: United States
Meeting Information: International Electric Propulsion Conference; Nov. 14-17, 1976; Key Biscayne, FL
Meeting Sponsor: American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Contract/Grant/Task Num: NAS7-100
Financial Sponsor: NASA; United States
Organization Source: Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech.; Pasadena, CA, United States
Description: 14p; In English
Distribution Limits: Unclassified; Publicly available; Unlimited
Rights: Copyright
NASA Terms: NUCLEAR ELECTRIC PROPULSION; OUTER PLANETS EXPLORERS; PROPULSION SYSTEM CONFIGURATIONS; SPACE EXPLORATION; COOLING SYSTEMS; HEAT PIPES; ION ENGINES; REACTOR DESIGN; SPACE MISSIONS; SPACECRAFT CONFIGURATIONS; THERMAL INSULATION; THERMIONIC CONVERTERS; TRANSFER ORBITS
Imprint And Other Notes: American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, International Electric Propulsion Conference, Key Biscayne, Fla., Nov. 14-17, 1976, 14 p.
Availability Source: Other Sources
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