An air force technologists’ perspective on the military utility of space nuclear power

Michael Schuller, Maj Dan Mulder

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Abstract

Air Force technologists at the Phillips Laboratory have studied the integration and use of space nuclear power (SNP) with DoD missions. The missions studied include tactical warning and attack assessment, space based radar, space surveillance, and electric orbit transfer. Based on the results and conclusions of these studies, the AF, DOE, and SDIO initiated a joint program aimed at developing thermionic technology in parallel to the SP-100 program. The goal of this joint program is to develop compact, survivable SNP as a cost effective power system option for mission applications in the early 21st century. Key elements of the program include developing a baseline thermionic SNP system design, assessing Soviet thermionic technology, demonstrating critical technologies, and developing the infrastructure for a viable flight demonstration program, should such an option be pursued.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAIAA/NASA/OAI Conference on Advanced SEI Technologies, 1991
PublisherAmerican Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc, AIAA
Publication statusPublished - 1991
Externally publishedYes
EventAIAA/NASA/OAI Conference on Advanced SEI Technologies, 1991 - Cleveland, United States
Duration: 4 Sep 19916 Sep 1991

Other

OtherAIAA/NASA/OAI Conference on Advanced SEI Technologies, 1991
CountryUnited States
CityCleveland
Period4/9/916/9/91

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Schuller, M., & Mulder, M. D. (1991). An air force technologists’ perspective on the military utility of space nuclear power. In AIAA/NASA/OAI Conference on Advanced SEI Technologies, 1991 [AIAA 91-3458] American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc, AIAA.