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Record 17 of 12217
Key issues in space nuclear power challenges for the future
Author and Affiliation:
Brandhorst, Henry W., Jr.(NASA Lewis Research Center, Cleveland, OH, United States)
Abstract: The future appears rich in missions that will extend the frontiers of knowledge, human presence in space, and opportunities for profitable commerce. Key to the success of these ventures is the availability of plentiful, cost effective electric power and assured, low cost access to space. While forecasts of space power needs are problematic, an assessment of future needs based on terrestrial experience has been made. These needs fall into three broad categories: survival, self sufficiency, and industrialization. The cost of delivering payloads to orbital locations from LEO to Mars has been determined and future launch cost reductions projected. From these factors, then, projections of the performance necessary for future solar and nuclear space power options has been made. These goals are largely dependent upon orbital location and energy storage needs. Finally the cost of present space power systems has been determined and projections made for future systems.
Publication Date: Jan 01, 1991
Document ID:
19930029908
(Acquired Dec 28, 1995)
Accession Number: 93A13905
Subject Category: SPACECRAFT PROPULSION AND POWER
Document Type: Conference Paper
Publication Information: In: Space nuclear power systems; Proceedings of the 8th Symposium, Albuquerque, NM, Jan. 6-10, 1991. Pt. 3 (A93-13751 03-20); p. 1153-1158a.; (SEE A93-13751)
Publisher Information: American Institute of Physics, New York, United States
Contract/Grant/Task Num: RTOP 590-13-11
Organization Source: NASA Lewis Research Center; Cleveland, OH, United States
NASA; Washington, DC, United States
Description: 7p; In English
Distribution Limits: Unclassified; Publicly available; Unlimited
Rights: Copyright
NASA Terms: COST EFFECTIVENESS; COST REDUCTION; FORECASTING; NUCLEAR POWER REACTORS; SPACE COMMERCIALIZATION; SPACECRAFT LAUNCHING; SPACECRAFT POWER SUPPLIES; ENERGY STORAGE; LOW COST; PAYLOADS; SURVIVAL
Imprint And Other Notes: In: Space nuclear power systems; Proceedings of the 8th Symposium, Albuquerque, NM, Jan. 6-10, 1991. Pt. 3 (A93-13751 03-20), p. 1153-1158a.
Miscellaneous Notes: Previously announced in STAR as N91-19179
Availability Source: Other Sources
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