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Title: The NASA CSTI High Capacity Power Project

The SP-100 Space Nuclear Power Program was established in 1983 by DOD, DOE, and NASA as a joint program to develop technology for military and civil applications. Starting in 1986, NASA has funded a technology program to maintain the momentum of promising aerospace technology advancement started during Phase I of SP-100 and to strengthen, in key areas, the changes for successful development and growth capability of space nuclear reactor power systems for a wide range of future space applications. The elements of the CSTI High Capacity Power Project include Systems Analysis, Stirling Power Conversion, Thermoelectric Power Conversion, Thermal Management, Power Management, Systems Diagnostics, Environmental Interactions, and Material/Structural Development. Technology advancement in all elements is required to provide the growth capability, high reliability and 7 to 10 year lifetime demanded for future space nuclear power systems. The overall project with develop and demonstrate the technology base required to provide a wide range of modular power systems compatible with the SP-100 reactor which facilitates operation during lunar and planetary day/night cycles as well as allowing spacecraft operation at any attitude or distance from the sun. Significant accomplishments in all of the project elements will be presented, along with revised goals and projectmore » timelines recently developed.« less
Authors:
; ; ; ; ; ;  [1] ;  [2] ;  [3]
  1. National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Cleveland, OH (United States). Lewis Research Center
  2. Sverdrup Technology, Inc., Brook Park, OH (United States). Lewis Research Center Group
  3. Jet Propulsion Lab., Pasadena, CA (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
10181385
Report Number(s):
NASA-TM--105813; CONF-920801--34
ON: DE94051216; TRN: 94:008316
DOE Contract Number:
AI03-86SF16310
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: 27. intersociety energy conversion engineering conference,San Diego, CA (United States),3-7 Aug 1992; Other Information: PBD: [1994]
Research Org:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Cleveland, OH (United States). Lewis Research Center
Sponsoring Org:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Washington, DC (United States);USDOE, Washington, DC (United States)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
21 SPECIFIC NUCLEAR REACTORS AND ASSOCIATED PLANTS; SPACE POWER REACTORS; FEASIBILITY STUDIES; STIRLING ENGINES; PERFORMANCE; REACTOR MATERIALS; TECHNOLOGY ASSESSMENT NESDPS Office of Nuclear Energy Space and Defense Power Systems 210600; POWER REACTORS, MOBILE, PROPULSION, PACKAGE, AND TRANSPORTABLE