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Accession Number N20120014197
Title Nuclear Cryogenic Propulsion Stage.
Publication Date Mar 2012
Media Count 29p
Personal Author H. P. Gerrish J. A. George J. W. Broadway M. G. Houts R. B. Adams R. R. Hickman S. K. Borowski T. Kim W. J. Emrich
Abstract The fundamental capability of Nuclear Thermal Propulsion (NTP) is game changing for space exploration. A first generation Nuclear Cryogenic Propulsion Stage (NCPS) based on NTP could provide high thrust at a specific impulse above 900 s, roughly double that of state of the art chemical engines. Characteristics of fission and NTP indicate that useful first generation systems will provide a foundation for future systems with extremely high performance. The role of the NCPS in the development of advanced nuclear propulsion systems could be analogous to the role of the DC-3 in the development of advanced aviation. Progress made under the NCPS project could help enable both advanced NTP and advanced NEP.
Keywords Cryogenics
Fission
High thrust
Nuclear propulsion
Propulsion system configurations
Propulsion system performance
Rocket thrust
Space exploration
Specific impulse

 
Source Agency National Aeronautics and Space Administration
NTIS Subject Category 84 - Space Technology
81I - Nuclear Propulsion
Corporate Author National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Huntsville, AL. George C. Marshall Space Flight Center.
Document Type Conference proceedings
Title Note N/A
NTIS Issue Number 1305
Contract Number N/A

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