USAF space power requirements

M. J. Schuller, D. A. Verrill, D. F. Nichols

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Recent studies conducted by the Space Nuclear Power Systems branch of the Weapons Laboratory are discussed. These studies address the issues of qualification testing and integration of a reactor power system for US Air Force missions. A number of technical and programmatic requirements for reactor development programs were generated. Chief among these requirements are specific power of 7 to 12 W/kg, on-orbit restart capability, no credible mission-ending single-point failures, and demonstrable life-cycle costs at least equal to those of a comparable solar power system.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-3
Number of pages3
JournalProceedings of the Intersociety Energy Conversion Engineering Conference
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 1990
EventProceedings of the 25th Intersociety Energy Conversion Engineering Conference - IECEC '90 - Reno, NV, USA
Duration: 12 Aug 199017 Aug 1990


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Fuel Technology
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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