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A look at the Soviet space nuclear power program
Author and Affiliation:
Bennett, Gary L.(NASA Propulsion, Power and Energy Div., Washington, DC, United States)
Abstract: For the most part Soviet nuclear power sources have been low-power nuclear reactors using a thermoelectric conversion principle. Recently the Soviet Union has flown two satellites using a higher power reactor that employs a thermionic conversion system. Despite reentry of two of the earlier reactors on board Cosmos 954 and Cosmos 1402 and the recent potential accident involving Cosmos 1900, the evidence points toward a continued Soviet use of nuclear power sources in space. Information in the open literature on the Soviet space nuclear power program, including the Romashka Topaz, the new reactor based on the Topaz program, and the RORSAT reactor experience, is summarized.
Publication Date: Jan 01, 1989
Document ID:
19900051140
(Acquired Nov 28, 1995)
Accession Number: 90A38195
Subject Category: SPACECRAFT PROPULSION AND POWER
Document Type: Conference Paper
Publication Information: (SEE A90-38029)
Publisher Information: United States
Meeting Information: IECEC-89; 24th; Aug. 6-11, 1989; Washington, DC; United States
Financial Sponsor: NASA; United States
Organization Source: NASA; Washington, DC, United States
Description: 8p; In English
Distribution Limits: Unclassified; Publicly available; Unlimited
Rights: Copyright
NASA Terms: ENERGY CONVERSION EFFICIENCY; NUCLEAR POWER REACTORS; SPACE POWER REACTORS; THERMIONIC CONVERTERS; THERMOELECTRIC POWER GENERATION; U.S.S.R. SPACE PROGRAM; COSMOS SATELLITES; EARTH ORBITS; RADIOACTIVE ISOTOPES
Imprint And Other Notes: IN: IECEC-89; Proceedings of the Twenty-fourth Intersociety Energy Conversion Engineering Conference, Washington, DC, Aug. 6-11, 1989. Volume 2 (A90-38029 16-20). New York, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 1989, p. 1187-1194.
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