Space reactor power 1986 - A year of choices and transitionBoth the SP-100 and Multimegawatt programs have made significant progress over the last year and that progress is the focus of this paper. In the SP-100 program the thermoelectric energy conversion concept powered by a compact, high-temperature, lithium-cooled, uranium-nitride-fueled fast spectrum reactor was selected for engineering development and ground demonstration testing at an electrical power level of 300 kilowatts. In the Multimegawatt program, activities moved from the planning phase into one of technology development and assessment with attendant preliminary definition and evaluation of power concepts against requirements of the Strategic Defense Initiative.
Wiley, R. L. (Department of Defense Washington, DC, United States)
Verga, R. L. (DOD, Strategic Defense Initiative Organization, Washington DC, United States)
Schnyer, A. D. (NASA Headquarters Washington, DC United States)
Sholtis, J. A., Jr. (Department of Defense Washington, DC, United States)
Wahlquist, E. J. (DOE Washington, DC, United States)