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Title: An overview of the Nuclear Electric Propulsion Space Test Program (NEPSTP) satellite

Abstract

Early in 1992 the idea of purchasing a Russian designed and fabricated space reactor power system and integrating it with a US designed satellite went from fiction to reality with the purchase of the first two Topaz II reactors by the Strategic Defense Initiative Organization (now the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization (BMDO). The New Mexico Alliance was formed to establish a ground test facility in which to perform nonnuclear systems testing of the Topaz II, and to evaluate the Topaz 11 system for flight testing with respect to safety, performance, and operability. In conjunction, SDIO requested that the Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, MD propose a mission and design a satellite in which the Topaz II could be used as the power source. The outcome of these two activities was the design of the Nuclear Electric Propulsion Space Test Program (NEPSTP) satellite which combines a modified Russian Topaz II power system with a US designed satellite to achieve a specified mission. Due to funding reduction within the SDIO, the Topaz II flight program was postponed indefinitely at the end of Fiscal Year 1993. The purpose of this paper is to present an overview of the NEPSTP mission and the satellitemore » design at the time the flight program ended.« less

Authors:
 [1];  [2]
  1. Los Alamos National Lab., NM (United States)
  2. Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, MD (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Los Alamos National Lab., NM (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
Department of Defense, Washington, DC (United States)
OSTI Identifier:
10157573
Report Number(s):
LA-UR-94-1688; CONF-940812-4
ON: DE94013121;
DOE Contract Number:  
W-7405-ENG-36
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: 29. intersociety energy conversion engineering conference,Monterey, CA (United States),7-12 Aug 1994; Other Information: PBD: [1994]
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
21 SPECIFIC NUCLEAR REACTORS AND ASSOCIATED PLANTS; 45 MILITARY TECHNOLOGY, WEAPONRY, AND NATIONAL DEFENSE; USSR; SPACE POWER REACTORS; USA; SATELLITES; SPACE PROPULSION REACTORS; BALLISTIC MISSILE DEFENSE; REACTOR COMPONENTS; PROGRAM MANAGEMENT; SPACE VEHICLES; LAUNCHING; MODIFICATIONS; NESDPS Office of Nuclear Energy Space and Defense Power Systems; 210600; 450500; POWER REACTORS, MOBILE, PROPULSION, PACKAGE, AND TRANSPORTABLE; STRATEGIC DEFENSE INITIATIVE

Citation Formats

Voss, S S, and Reynolds, E L. An overview of the Nuclear Electric Propulsion Space Test Program (NEPSTP) satellite. United States: N. p., 1994. Web.
Voss, S S, & Reynolds, E L. An overview of the Nuclear Electric Propulsion Space Test Program (NEPSTP) satellite. United States.
Voss, S S, and Reynolds, E L. Wed . "An overview of the Nuclear Electric Propulsion Space Test Program (NEPSTP) satellite". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/10157573.
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abstractNote = {Early in 1992 the idea of purchasing a Russian designed and fabricated space reactor power system and integrating it with a US designed satellite went from fiction to reality with the purchase of the first two Topaz II reactors by the Strategic Defense Initiative Organization (now the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization (BMDO). The New Mexico Alliance was formed to establish a ground test facility in which to perform nonnuclear systems testing of the Topaz II, and to evaluate the Topaz 11 system for flight testing with respect to safety, performance, and operability. In conjunction, SDIO requested that the Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, MD propose a mission and design a satellite in which the Topaz II could be used as the power source. The outcome of these two activities was the design of the Nuclear Electric Propulsion Space Test Program (NEPSTP) satellite which combines a modified Russian Topaz II power system with a US designed satellite to achieve a specified mission. Due to funding reduction within the SDIO, the Topaz II flight program was postponed indefinitely at the end of Fiscal Year 1993. The purpose of this paper is to present an overview of the NEPSTP mission and the satellite design at the time the flight program ended.},
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