The Practical Application of Space Nuclear Power in the 1960’s
Three nuclear reactor space electric power units are under development by the U. S. Atomic Energy Commission Office for Aircraft Reactors for the U. S. Air Force and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. The electric output of these three systems extends over the power range of 300 W to 30 kW. The major operational, installation, and handling characteristics of these nuclear power units are described in this paper. In particular, some limitations and restrictions with regards to payload, shielding, and radiation environment are described with respect to the power plants, their mode of installation, and system weight. The ground handling and safety as well as the overall safety aspects of space reactor utilization are described in this report..
KeywordsPower Unit Atomic Energy Commission Rankine Cycle Space Craft Space Nuclear
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