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Title: Nuclear power: key to man's extraterrestrial civilization

The start of the Third Millennium will be highlighted by the establishment of man's extraterrestrial civilization with three technical cornerstones leading to the off-planet expansion of the human resource base. These are (1) the availability of compact energy sources for power and propulsion, (2) the creation of permanent manned habitats in space, and (3) the ability to process materials anywhere in the Solar System. In the 1990s and beyond, nuclear reactors could represent the prime source of both space power and propulsion. The manned and unmanned space missions of tomorrow will demand first kilowatt and then megawatt levels of power. Various nuclear power plant technologies will be discussed, with emphasis on derivatives from the nuclear rocket technology.
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Report Number(s):
LA-UR-82-1316; CONF-820814-10
ON: DE82016074
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Resource Relation:
Conference: 17. Intersociety Energy Conversion Engineering conference, Los Angeles, CA, USA, 8 Aug 1982; Other Information: Portions of document are illegible
Research Org:
Los Alamos National Lab., NM (USA)
Country of Publication:
United States
21 SPECIFIC NUCLEAR REACTORS AND ASSOCIATED PLANTS; SPACE POWER REACTORS; FEASIBILITY STUDIES; SPECIFICATIONS; SPACE PROPULSION REACTORS; MOBILE REACTORS; POWER REACTORS; PROPULSION REACTORS; REACTORS NESDPS Office of Nuclear Energy Space and Defense Power Systems 210600* -- Power Reactors, Auxiliary, Mobile Package, & Transportable; 220800 -- Nuclear Reactor Technology-- Propulsion Reactors