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Title: Nuclear power systems for Lunar and Mars exploration

Initial studies of a variety of mission scenarios for the new Space Exploration Initiative, and the technologies necessary to enable or significantly enhance them, have identified the development of advanced space power systems - whether solar, chemical or nuclear - to be of prime importance. Lightweight, compact, reliable power systems for planetary rovers and a variety of surface vehicles, utility surface power, and power for advanced propulsion systems were identified as critical needs for these missions. This paper discusses these mission scenarios, the concomitant power system requirements; the power system options considered and identifies the significant potential benefits of nuclear power for meeting the power needs of the above applications.
Authors:
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Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
10181422
Report Number(s):
NASA-TM--103168; IAF--90-200; CONF-9010255--1
ON: DE94051249; TRN: 94:008335
DOE Contract Number:
AI03-86SF16310
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: 41. international astronautical conference,Dresden (German Democratic Republic; See DE),6-13 Oct 1990; 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; SPACE PROPULSION REACTORS; MARS SPACE PROBES; LUNA SPACE PROBES NESDPS Office of Nuclear Energy Space and Defense Power Systems 210600; POWER REACTORS, MOBILE, PROPULSION, PACKAGE, AND TRANSPORTABLE