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Title: Electric fission reactor for space applications

Abstract

Embodiments of the present invention pertain to a power system utilizing a uranium-based reactor for space missions. For example, the power system may include a reactor configured to generate thermal energy using a uranium core. A plurality of heat pipes may be configured to transfer thermal energy from the reactor core to a plurality of Stirling engines to generate electricity for a spacecraft.

Inventors:
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Issue Date:
Research Org.:
Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1568278
Patent Number(s):
10276271
Application Number:
14/770,894
Assignee:
Triad National Security, LLC (Los Alamos, NM)
Patent Classifications (CPCs):
G - PHYSICS G21 - NUCLEAR PHYSICS G21C - NUCLEAR REACTORS
Y - NEW / CROSS SECTIONAL TECHNOLOGIES Y02 - TECHNOLOGIES OR APPLICATIONS FOR MITIGATION OR ADAPTATION AGAINST CLIMATE CHANGE Y02E - REDUCTION OF GREENHOUSE GAS [GHG] EMISSIONS, RELATED TO ENERGY GENERATION, TRANSMISSION OR DISTRIBUTION
DOE Contract Number:  
AC52-06NA25396
Resource Type:
Patent
Resource Relation:
Patent File Date: 03/26/2014
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
21 SPECIFIC NUCLEAR REACTORS AND ASSOCIATED PLANTS

Citation Formats

McClure, Patrick Ray, Dixon, David Duff, Poston, David Irvin, Mason, Lee, and Gibson, Marc. Electric fission reactor for space applications. United States: N. p., 2019. Web.
McClure, Patrick Ray, Dixon, David Duff, Poston, David Irvin, Mason, Lee, & Gibson, Marc. Electric fission reactor for space applications. United States.
McClure, Patrick Ray, Dixon, David Duff, Poston, David Irvin, Mason, Lee, and Gibson, Marc. Tue . "Electric fission reactor for space applications". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1568278.
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