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Title: Nuclear propulsion systems engineering

The Nuclear Energy for Rocket Vehicle Application (NERVA) program of the 1960's and early 1970's was dramatically successful, with no major failures during the entire testing program. This success was due in large part to the successful development of a systems engineering process. Systems engineering, properly implemented, involves all aspects of the system design and operation, and leads to optimization of theentire system: cost, schedule, performance, safety, reliability, function, requirements, etc. The process must be incorporated from the very first and continued to project completion. This paper will discuss major aspects of the NERVA systems engineering effort, and consider the implications for current nuclear propulsion efforts.
Authors:
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Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
6441701
Report Number(s):
EGG-M-92502; CONF-920803--17
ON: DE93010791
DOE Contract Number:
AC07-76ID01570
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: Nuclear technologies for space exploration, Jackson, WY (United States), 16-19 Aug 1992
Research Org:
EG and G Idaho, Inc., Idaho Falls, ID (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
DOE; USDOE, Washington, DC (United States)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
21 SPECIFIC NUCLEAR REACTORS AND ASSOCIATED PLANTS; SPACE PROPULSION REACTORS; ENGINEERING; DESIGN; FAILURES; OPERATION; ROCKETS; SYSTEMS ANALYSIS; TESTING; MOBILE REACTORS; POWER REACTORS; PROPULSION REACTORS; REACTORS; SPACE POWER REACTORS NESDPS Office of Nuclear Energy Space and Defense Power Systems 210600* -- Power Reactors, Auxiliary, Mobile Package, & Transportable