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Title: Nuclear-electric power in space

Because direct-broadcast satellites, air-traffic-control radar satellites, industrial processing on subsequent versions of the space station, and long range excursions to other planets using nuclear-electric propulsion systems, all space missions for which current power-supply systems are not sufficient. NASA and the DOE therefore have formed a joint program to develop the technology required for nuclear-reactor space power plants. After investigating potential space missions in the given range, the project will develop the technology to build such systems. High temperatures pose problems, ''hot shoes'' and ''cold shoes'', a Stirling engine dynamic system, and critical heat-transfer problems are all discussed. The nuclear reactor system for space as now envisioned is schematicized.
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Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
5913785
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: IEEE Spectrum; (United States); Journal Volume: 21:12
Research Org:
California Inst. of Technology
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
21 SPECIFIC NUCLEAR REACTORS AND ASSOCIATED PLANTS; SATELLITES; NUCLEAR POWER; POWER REACTORS; POWER SUPPLIES; SPACE VEHICLES; COOPERATION; HEAT TRANSFER; NASA; RESEARCH PROGRAMS; STIRLING ENGINES; TEMPERATURE EFFECTS; US DOE; ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT; ENERGY TRANSFER; ENGINES; EQUIPMENT; HEAT ENGINES; NATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS; POWER; REACTORS; US ORGANIZATIONS; VEHICLES NESDPS Office of Nuclear Energy Space and Defense Power Systems 220800* -- Nuclear Reactor Technology-- Propulsion Reactors