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Title: Nuclear bimodal new vision solar system missions

Abstract

This paper presents an analysis of the potential mission capability using space reactor bimodal systems for planetary missions. Missions of interest include the Main belt asteroids, Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune, and Pluto. The space reactor bimodal system, defined by an Air Force study for Earth orbital missions, provides 10 kWe power, 1000 N thrust, 850 s Isp, with a 1500 kg system mass. Trajectories to the planetary destinations were examined and optimal direct and gravity assisted trajectories were selected. A conceptual design for a spacecraft using the space reactor bimodal system for propulsion and power, that is capable of performing the missions of interest, is defined. End-to-end mission conceptual designs for bimodal orbiter missions to Jupiter and Saturn are described. All missions considered use the Delta 3 class or Atlas 2AS launch vehicles. The space reactor bimodal power and propulsion system offers both; new vision {open_quote}{open_quote}constellation{close_quote}{close_quote} type missions in which the space reactor bimodal spacecraft acts as a carrier and communication spacecraft for a fleet of microspacecraft deployed at different scientific targets and; conventional missions with only a space reactor bimodal spacecraft and its science payload. {copyright} {ital 1996 American Institute of Physics.}

Authors:
 [1];  [2]
  1. Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California 91109-8099 (United States)
  2. Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Astronautics, Denver, Colorado 80201 (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
385460
Report Number(s):
CONF-960109-
Journal ID: APCPCS; ISSN 0094-243X; TRN: 96:026230
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Journal Name:
AIP Conference Proceedings
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 361; Journal Issue: 1; Conference: STAIF 96: space technology and applications international forum, Albuquerque, NM (United States), 7-11 Jan 1996; Other Information: PBD: Mar 1996
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
21 NUCLEAR POWER REACTORS AND ASSOCIATED PLANTS; SPACE POWER REACTORS; SOLAR SYSTEM; SPACE FLIGHT; SPACECRAFT POWER SUPPLIES; SPACE VEHICLES; JUPITER PLANET; SATURN PLANET; NEPTUNE PLANET; PLUTO PLANET; MISSION ANALYSIS; NASA; ASTEROIDS; PROPULSION SYSTEMS; NESDPS Office of Nuclear Energy Space and Defense Power Systems

Citation Formats

Mondt, J F, and Zubrin, R M. Nuclear bimodal new vision solar system missions. United States: N. p., 1996. Web. doi:10.1063/1.50044.
Mondt, J F, & Zubrin, R M. Nuclear bimodal new vision solar system missions. United States. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.50044
Mondt, J F, and Zubrin, R M. Fri . "Nuclear bimodal new vision solar system missions". United States. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.50044.
@article{osti_385460,
title = {Nuclear bimodal new vision solar system missions},
author = {Mondt, J F and Zubrin, R M},
abstractNote = {This paper presents an analysis of the potential mission capability using space reactor bimodal systems for planetary missions. Missions of interest include the Main belt asteroids, Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune, and Pluto. The space reactor bimodal system, defined by an Air Force study for Earth orbital missions, provides 10 kWe power, 1000 N thrust, 850 s Isp, with a 1500 kg system mass. Trajectories to the planetary destinations were examined and optimal direct and gravity assisted trajectories were selected. A conceptual design for a spacecraft using the space reactor bimodal system for propulsion and power, that is capable of performing the missions of interest, is defined. End-to-end mission conceptual designs for bimodal orbiter missions to Jupiter and Saturn are described. All missions considered use the Delta 3 class or Atlas 2AS launch vehicles. The space reactor bimodal power and propulsion system offers both; new vision {open_quote}{open_quote}constellation{close_quote}{close_quote} type missions in which the space reactor bimodal spacecraft acts as a carrier and communication spacecraft for a fleet of microspacecraft deployed at different scientific targets and; conventional missions with only a space reactor bimodal spacecraft and its science payload. {copyright} {ital 1996 American Institute of Physics.}},
doi = {10.1063/1.50044},
url = {https://www.osti.gov/biblio/385460}, journal = {AIP Conference Proceedings},
number = 1,
volume = 361,
place = {United States},
year = {1996},
month = {3}
}