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An historical perspective of the NERVA nuclear rocket engine technology program
Author and Affiliation:
Robbins, W. H.(Analytical Engineering Corp., North Olmsted, OH, United States)
Finger, H. B.(Analytical Engineering Corp., North Olmsted, OH, United States)
Abstract: Nuclear rocket research and development was initiated in the United States in 1955 and is still being pursued to a limited extent. The major technology emphasis occurred in the decade of the 1960s and was primarily associated with the Rover/NERVA Program where the technology for a nuclear rocket engine system for space application was developed and demonstrated. The NERVA (Nuclear Engine for Rocket Vehicle Application) technology developed twenty years ago provides a comprehensive and viable propulsion technology base that can be applied and will prove to be valuable for application to the NASA Space Exploration Initiative (SEI). This paper, which is historical in scope, provides an overview of the conduct of the NERVA Engine Program, its organization and management, development philosophy, the engine configuration, and significant accomplishments.
Publication Date: Sep 01, 1991
Document ID:
19910067738
(Acquired Nov 28, 1995)
Accession Number: 91A52361
Subject Category: SPACECRAFT PROPULSION AND POWER
Report/Patent Number: AIAA PAPER 91-3451
Document Type: Preprint
Publisher Information: United States
Contract/Grant/Task Num: NAS3-25266
Financial Sponsor: NASA; United States
Organization Source: Analytical Engineering Corp.; North Olmsted, OH, United States
Description: 13p; In English
Distribution Limits: Unclassified; Publicly available; Unlimited
Rights: Copyright
NASA Terms: ENGINE DESIGN; HISTORIES; NUCLEAR ENGINE FOR ROCKET VEHICLES; NUCLEAR ROCKET ENGINES; PROPULSION SYSTEM CONFIGURATIONS; SPACE EXPLORATION; SPACECRAFT POWER SUPPLIES; SPACECRAFT PROPULSION
Imprint And Other Notes: AIAA, NASA, and OAI, Conference on Advanced SEI Technologies, Cleveland, OH, Sept. 4-6, 1991. 13 p. Previously announced in STAR as N91-27216.
Availability Source: Other Sources
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