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Potential civil mission applications for space nuclear power systems
Author and Affiliation:
Ambrus, J. H.(NASA Washington, DC, United States)
Beatty, R. G. G.(California Institute of Technology, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, United States)
Abstract: It is pointed out that the energy needs of spacecraft over the last 25 years have been met by photovoltaic arrays with batteries, primary fuel cells, and radioisotope thermoelectric generators (RTG). However, it might be difficult to satisfy energy requirements for the next generation of space missions with the currently used energy sources. Applications studies have emphasized the need for a lighter, cheaper, and more compact high-energy source than the scaling up of current technologies would permit. These requirements could be satisfied by a nuclear reactor power system. The joint NASA/DOD/DOE SP-100 program is to explore and evaluate this option. Critical elements of the technology are also to be developed, taking into account space reactor systems of the 100 kW class. The present paper is concerned with some of the civil mission categories and concepts which are enabled or significantly enhanced by the performance characteristics of a nuclear reactor energy system.
Publication Date: Jan 01, 1985
Document ID:
19860035991
(Acquired Nov 28, 1995)
Accession Number: 86A20729
Subject Category: ASTRONAUTICS (GENERAL)
Document Type: Conference Paper
Publication Information: SEE A86-20726
Publisher Information: United States
Financial Sponsor: NASA; United States
Organization Source: NASA; Washington, DC, United States
Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech.; Pasadena, CA, United States
Description: 9p; In English
Distribution Limits: Unclassified; Publicly available; Unlimited
Rights: Copyright
NASA Terms: MISSION PLANNING; SPACE POWER REACTORS; SPACECRAFT POWER SUPPLIES; TECHNOLOGY UTILIZATION; COMMUNICATION SATELLITES; ELECTRIC PROPULSION; ORBIT TRANSFER VEHICLES; SPACE BASED RADAR; SPACE STATIONS; SPACECRAFT DESIGN
Imprint And Other Notes: IN: Space nuclear power systems 1984; Proceedings of the First Symposium, Albuquerque, NM, January 11-13, 1984. Volume 1 (A86-20726 07-20). Malabar, FL, Orbit Book Co., Inc., 1985, p. 43-51.
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