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Title: Perspectives of The Interagency Nuclear Safety Review Panel (INSRP) on future nuclear powered space missions

The Interagency Nuclear Safety Review Panel (INSRP) has provided reviews of all nuclear powered spacecraft launched by the United States. The two most recent launches were Ulysses in 1990 and Galileo in 1989. One reactor was launched in 1965 (SNAP-10A). All other U.S. space missions have utilized radioisotopic thermoelectric generators (RTGs). There are several missions in the next few years that are to be nuclear powered, including one that would utilize the Topaz II reactor purchased from Russia. INSRP must realign itself to perform parallel safety assessments of a reactor powered space mission, which has not been done in about thirty years, and RTG powered missions.
Authors:
 [1] ;  [2] ;  [3] ;  [4]
  1. (NASA HQ/Code QS, 300 E Street, SW, Washington, DC 20546 (United States))
  2. (DOE HQ/Office of Nuclear Safety, Mail Stop NS-20, Washington, DC 20545 (United States))
  3. (U.S. Air Force Directorate of Nuclear Surety, Kirtland AFB, New Mexico 87117 (United States))
  4. (U.S. Air Force (Ret.), c/o Directorate of Nuclear Surety, Kirtland AFB, New Mexico 87117 (United States))
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
5535145
Report Number(s):
CONF-930103--
Journal ID: ISSN 0094-243X; CODEN: APCPCS
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: AIP Conference Proceedings (American Institute of Physics); (United States); Journal Volume: 271:1; Conference: 10. symposium on space nuclear power and propulsion, Albuquerque, NM (United States), 10-14 Jan 1993
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
21 SPECIFIC NUCLEAR REACTORS AND ASSOCIATED PLANTS; 22 GENERAL STUDIES OF NUCLEAR REACTORS; SPACE POWER REACTORS; SAFETY REPORTS; INTERAGENCY COOPERATION; RADIATION PROTECTION; REACTOR SAFETY; REVIEWS; RISK ASSESSMENT; SAFETY ANALYSIS; THERMOELECTRIC GENERATORS; TOPAZ REACTOR; COOPERATION; DIRECT ENERGY CONVERTERS; DOCUMENT TYPES; EXPERIMENTAL REACTORS; HYDRIDE MODERATED REACTORS; MOBILE REACTORS; POWER REACTORS; REACTORS; RESEARCH AND TEST REACTORS; SAFETY NESDPS Office of Nuclear Energy Space and Defense Power Systems 210600* -- Power Reactors, Auxiliary, Mobile Package, & Transportable; 220900 -- Nuclear Reactor Technology-- Reactor Safety