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Title: Final safety analysis report for the Galileo Mission: Volume 1, Reference design document

Abstract

The Galileo mission uses nuclear power sources called Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generators (RTGs) to provide the spacecraft's primary electrical power. Because these generators contain nuclear material, a Safety Analysis Report (SAR) is required. A preliminary SAR and an updated SAR were previously issued that provided an evolving status report on the safety analysis. As a result of the Challenger accident, the launch dates for both Galileo and Ulysses missions were later rescheduled for November 1989 and October 1990, respectively. The decision was made by agreement between the DOE and the NASA to have a revised safety evaluation and report (FSAR) prepared on the basis of these revised vehicle accidents and environments. The results of this latest revised safety evaluation are presented in this document (Galileo FSAR). Volume I, this document, provides the background design information required to understand the analyses presented in Volumes II and III. It contains descriptions of the RTGs, the Galileo spacecraft, the Space Shuttle, the Inertial Upper Stage (IUS), the trajectory and flight characteristics including flight contingency modes, and the launch site. There are two appendices in Volume I which provide detailed material properties for the RTG.

Publication Date:
Research Org.:
General Electric Co., Philadelphia, PA (USA). Valley Forge Space Center
OSTI Identifier:
6161490
Report Number(s):
DOE/ET/32043-T26-Vol.1
ON: DE89007268
DOE Contract Number:  
AC01-79ET32043
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Resource Relation:
Other Information: Paper copy only, copy does not permit microfiche production
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
22 GENERAL STUDIES OF NUCLEAR REACTORS; 32 ENERGY CONSERVATION, CONSUMPTION, AND UTILIZATION; REACTOR SAFETY; SPACE POWER REACTORS; THERMOELECTRIC GENERATORS; RADIOISOTOPE HEAT SOURCES; ENGINEERING DRAWINGS; MISSILE LAUNCHING SITES; MISSION ANALYSIS; NUCLEAR FUELS; PLUTONIUM 238; PLUTONIUM DIOXIDE; PROGRESS REPORT; PROPULSION SYSTEMS; SPACE SHUTTLES; SPACE VEHICLES; ACTINIDE COMPOUNDS; ACTINIDE ISOTOPES; ACTINIDE NUCLEI; AIRCRAFT; ALPHA DECAY RADIOISOTOPES; CHALCOGENIDES; DIAGRAMS; DIRECT ENERGY CONVERTERS; DOCUMENT TYPES; ENERGY SOURCES; EVEN-EVEN NUCLEI; FUELS; HEAT SOURCES; HEAVY NUCLEI; ISOTOPES; MATERIALS; MOBILE REACTORS; NUCLEI; OXIDES; OXYGEN COMPOUNDS; PLUTONIUM COMPOUNDS; PLUTONIUM ISOTOPES; PLUTONIUM OXIDES; POWER REACTORS; RADIOISOTOPES; REACTOR MATERIALS; REACTORS; SAFETY; TRANSURANIUM COMPOUNDS; VEHICLES; YEARS LIVING RADIOISOTOPES; NESDPS Office of Nuclear Energy Space and Defense Power Systems; 220900* - Nuclear Reactor Technology- Reactor Safety; 320201 - Energy Conservation, Consumption, & Utilization- Transportation- Air & Aerospace

Citation Formats

. Final safety analysis report for the Galileo Mission: Volume 1, Reference design document. United States: N. p., 1988. Web. doi:10.2172/6161490.
. Final safety analysis report for the Galileo Mission: Volume 1, Reference design document. United States. https://doi.org/10.2172/6161490
. Sun . "Final safety analysis report for the Galileo Mission: Volume 1, Reference design document". United States. https://doi.org/10.2172/6161490. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/6161490.
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abstractNote = {The Galileo mission uses nuclear power sources called Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generators (RTGs) to provide the spacecraft's primary electrical power. Because these generators contain nuclear material, a Safety Analysis Report (SAR) is required. A preliminary SAR and an updated SAR were previously issued that provided an evolving status report on the safety analysis. As a result of the Challenger accident, the launch dates for both Galileo and Ulysses missions were later rescheduled for November 1989 and October 1990, respectively. The decision was made by agreement between the DOE and the NASA to have a revised safety evaluation and report (FSAR) prepared on the basis of these revised vehicle accidents and environments. The results of this latest revised safety evaluation are presented in this document (Galileo FSAR). Volume I, this document, provides the background design information required to understand the analyses presented in Volumes II and III. It contains descriptions of the RTGs, the Galileo spacecraft, the Space Shuttle, the Inertial Upper Stage (IUS), the trajectory and flight characteristics including flight contingency modes, and the launch site. There are two appendices in Volume I which provide detailed material properties for the RTG.},
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