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U.S./CIS eye joint nuclear rocket ventureAn account is given of the significance for U.S. spacecraft development of a nuclear thermal rocket (NTR) reactor concept that has been developed in the (formerly Soviet) Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). The CIS NTR reactor employs a hydrogen-cooled zirconium hydride moderator and ternary carbide fuels; the comparatively cool operating temperatures associated with this design promise overall robustness.
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Clark, John S.
(NASA Lewis Research Center Cleveland, OH, United States)
Mcilwain, Melvin C.
(Aerojet Rancho Cordova, CA, United States)
Smetanikov, Vladimir
(Research and Development Inst. of Power Engineering Moscow, Russia)
D'Yakov, Evgenij K.
(NPO Luch Podolsk, Russia)
Pavshuk, Vladimir A.
(Inst. of Atomic Energy Moscow, Russia)
Date Acquired
August 16, 2013
Publication Date
July 1, 1993
Publication Information
Publication: Aerospace America
Volume: 31
Issue: 7
ISSN: 0740-722X
Subject Category
Spacecraft Propulsion And Power
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