Nuclear propulsion technology development - A joint NASA/Department of Energy projectNASA-Lewis has undertaken the conceptual development of spacecraft nuclear propulsion systems with DOE support, in order to establish the bases for Space Exploration Initiative lunar and Mars missions. This conceptual evolution project encompasses nuclear thermal propulsion (NTP) and nuclear electric propulsion (NEP) systems. A technology base exists for NTP in the NERVA program files; more fundamental development efforts are entailed in the case of NEP, but this option is noted to offer greater advantages in the long term.
Clark, John S. (NASA Lewis Research Center Cleveland, OH, United States)
August 15, 2013
January 1, 1992
Publication: In: Mars: Past, present, and future; Proceedings of the Conference, Williamsburg, VA, July 16-19, 1991 (A93-12051 02-91)
Publisher: American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics