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Title: Assessment of Space Nuclear Thermal Propulsion Facility and Capability Needs

The development of a Nuclear Thermal Propulsion (NTP) system rests heavily upon being able to fabricate and demonstrate the performance of a high temperature nuclear fuel as well as demonstrating an integrated system prior to launch. A number of studies have been performed in the past which identified the facilities needed and the capabilities available to meet the needs and requirements identified at that time. Since that time, many facilities and capabilities within the Department of Energy have been removed or decommissioned. This paper provides a brief overview of the anticipated facility needs and identifies some promising concepts to be considered which could support the development of a nuclear thermal propulsion system. Detailed trade studies will need to be performed to support the decision making process.
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Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
1170303
Report Number(s):
INL/CON--14-32221
TRN: US1500015
DOE Contract Number:
DE-AC07-05ID14517
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: NETS-2015. Nuclear and Emerging Technologies for Space, Albuquerque, NM (United States), 23-26 Feb 2015
Research Org:
Idaho National Laboratory (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Nuclear Energy (NE)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
11 NUCLEAR FUEL CYCLE AND FUEL MATERIALS; SPACE PROPULSION REACTORS; PROPULSION SYSTEMS; NUCLEAR FUELS; FABRICATION; TEST FACILITIES; TEST REACTORS; CONTROL SYSTEMS; EDUCATIONAL FACILITIES; SIMULATORS NESDPS Office of Nuclear Energy Space and Defense Power Systems; Capability; Thermal Propulsion