Reactors for nuclear electric propulsion
Propulsion is the key to space exploitation and power is the key to propulsion. This paper examines the role of nuclear fission reactors as the primary power source for high specific impulse electric propulsion systems for space missions of the 1980s and 1990s. Particular mission applications include transfer to and a reusable orbital transfer vehicle from low-Earth orbit to geosynchronous orbit, outer planet exploration and reconnaissance missions, and as a versatile space tug supporting lunar resource development. Nuclear electric propulsion is examined as an indispensable component in space activities of the next two decades.
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- Report Number(s):
- LA-UR-81-703; CONF-810439-2
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- Conference: 15. AIAA/JSASS/DGLR international electromagnetic propulsion conference, Las Vegas, NV, USA, 21 Apr 1981
- Research Org:
- Los Alamos Scientific Lab., NM (USA)
- Country of Publication:
- United States
- 21 SPECIFIC NUCLEAR REACTORS AND ASSOCIATED PLANTS; SPACE PROPULSION REACTORS; FEASIBILITY STUDIES; SPECIFICATIONS; PERFORMANCE; SPACE FLIGHT; SPACE VEHICLES; MOBILE REACTORS; POWER REACTORS; PROPULSION REACTORS; REACTORS; SPACE POWER REACTORS; VEHICLES NESDPS Office of Nuclear Energy Space and Defense Power Systems 220800* -- Nuclear Reactor Technology-- Propulsion Reactors
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