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Title: 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.
Authors:
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Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
6634294
Report Number(s):
LA-UR-81-703; CONF-810439-2
TRN: 81-007343
DOE Contract Number:
W-7405-ENG-36
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
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
Language:
English
Subject:
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