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Title: ORNL automates key process in plutonium-238 production

Abstract

Oak Ridge National Laboratory scientists have automated part of the process of producing plutonium-238, which is used by NASA to fuel deep space exploration. Resolving this key bottleneck will help boost annual production of the radioisotope towards NASA’s goal of 1.5 kilograms of Pu-238 per year by 2025.

Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Science (SC)
OSTI Identifier:
1635634
Resource Type:
Multimedia
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
07 ISOTOPE AND RADIATION SOURCES; PLUTONIUM-238; PLUTONIUM; NASA; DEEP SPACE EXPLORATION; SPACECRAFT; SASSINI; CURIOSITY ROVER; RADIOACTIVE DECAY; RADIOISOTOPE

Citation Formats

. ORNL automates key process in plutonium-238 production. United States: N. p., 2019. Web.
. ORNL automates key process in plutonium-238 production. United States.
. Tue . "ORNL automates key process in plutonium-238 production". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1635634.
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