USAF space power requirements

Michael Schuller, D. A. Verrill, D. F. Nichols

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Abstract

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
Volume6
Publication statusPublished - 1990
Externally publishedYes

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Nuclear energy
Solar energy
Life cycle
Orbits
Testing
Air
Costs

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  • Fuel Technology
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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USAF space power requirements. / Schuller, Michael; Verrill, D. A.; Nichols, D. F.

In: Proceedings of the Intersociety Energy Conversion Engineering Conference, Vol. 6, 1990, p. 1-3.

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