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Title: Power from Radioisotopes (Rev.)

Abstract

This booklet discusses Systems for Nuclear Auxiliary Power (SNAP), called isotope power generators, that are based on using heat from the decay of radioisotopes to produce electricity. These are the SNAP systems with odd-numbered designators. The basics of radioisotope thermoelectric generators (RTGs) are discussed and their uses as power sources in space exploration and on earth are described. Various radioisotope heat sources are discussed and a table of RTGs built under the SNAP program listing their uses, electrical power, weight, the radioisotope used, the radioisotope's half-life, and the generator life is given.

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Research Org.:
US Atomic Energy Commission (AEC)
Sponsoring Org.:
US Atomic Energy Commission (AEC)
OSTI Identifier:
1132525
Resource Type:
Book
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
30 DIRECT ENERGY CONVERSION; NESDPS Office of Nuclear Energy Space and Defense Power Systems; Understanding the Atom Series; The World of the Atom Series; SNAP (Systems for Nuclear Auxiliary Power); radioisotope thermoelectric generators; radioisotope heat sources; radioisotope power sources; space power sources; reviews

Citation Formats

Corliss, William R, and Mead, Robert L. Power from Radioisotopes (Rev.). United States: N. p., 1971. Web.
Corliss, William R, & Mead, Robert L. Power from Radioisotopes (Rev.). United States.
Corliss, William R, and Mead, Robert L. Fri . "Power from Radioisotopes (Rev.)". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1132525.
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