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An interagency space nuclear propulsion safety policy for SEI - Issues and discussionAn interagency Nuclear Safety Policy Working Group (NSPWG) was chartered to recommend nuclear safety policy, requirements, and guidelines for the Space Exploration Initiative nuclear propulsion program to facilitate the implementation of mission planning and conceptual design studies. The NSPWG developed a top level policy to provide the guiding principles for the development and implementation of the nuclear propulsion safety program and the development of Safety Functional Requirements. In addition, the NSPWG reviewed safety issues for nuclear propulsion and recommended top level safety requirements and guidelines to address these issues. Safety topics include reactor start-up, inadvertent criticality, radiological release and exposure, disposal, entry, safeguards, risk/reliability, operational safety, ground testing, and other considerations. In this paper the emphasis is placed on the safety policy and the issues and considerations that are addressed by the NSPWG recommendations.
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Marshall, A. C.
(Sandia National Laboratories Albuquerque, NM, United States)
Sawyer, J. C., Jr.
(NASA Headquarters Washington, DC United States)
Date Acquired
August 14, 2013
Publication Date
September 1, 1991
Subject Category
Space Transportation
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AIAA PAPER 91-3630
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