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Radioisotope Power Systems Reference Book for Mission Designers and Planners The RPS Program's Program Planning and Assessment (PPA) Office commissioned the Mission Analysis team to develop the Radioisotope Power Systems (RPS) Reference Book for Mission Planners and Designers to define a baseline of RPS technology capabilities with specific emphasis on performance parameters and technology readiness. The main objective of this book is to provide RPS technology information that could be utilized by future mission concept studies and concurrent engineering practices. A progress summary from the major branches of RPS technology research provides mission analysis teams with a vital tool for assessing the RPS trade space, and provides concurrent engineering centers with a consistent set of guidelines for RPS performance characteristics. This book will be iterated when substantial new information becomes available to ensure continued relevance, serving as one of the cornerstone products of the RPS PPA Office. This book updates the original 2011 internal document, using data from the relevant publicly released RPS technology references and consultations with RPS technologists. Each performance parameter and RPS product subsection has been reviewed and cleared by at least one subject matter representative. A virtual workshop was held to reach consensus on the scope and contents of the book, and the definitions and assumptions that should be used. The subject matter experts then reviewed and updated the appropriate sections of the book. The RPS Mission Analysis Team then performed further updates and crosschecked the book for consistency. Finally, a second virtual workshop was held to ensure all subject matter experts and stakeholders concurred on the contents.
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External Source(s)
Lee, Young
(Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Bairstow, Brian
(Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Date Acquired
February 11, 2016
Publication Date
September 1, 2015
Subject Category
Energy Production And Conversion
Spacecraft Propulsion And Power
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Funding Number(s)
WORK_UNIT: WU 105473-03.13.01
TASK: Task 02.02.01
PROJECT: Proj. 104903
Distribution Limits
Public Use Permitted.
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