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Accession Number N20120014217
Title Nuclear Cryogenic Propulsion Stage Fuel Design and Fabrication.
Publication Date Mar 2012
Media Count 14p
Personal Author J. Broadway J. Webb L. Qualls O. Mireles R. Hickman
Abstract Nuclear Cryogenic Propulsion Stage (NCPS) is a game changing technology for space exploration. Goal of assessing the affordability and viability of an NCPS includes thses overall tasks: (1) Pre-conceptual design of the NCPS and architecture integration (2) NCPS Fuel Design and Testing (3) Nuclear Thermal Rocket Element Environmental Simulator (NTREES) (4) Affordable NCPS Development and Qualification Strategy (5) Second Generation NCPS Concepts. There is a critical need for fuels development. Fuel task objectives are to demonstrate capabilities and critical technologies using full scale element fabrication and testing.
Keywords Ceramic nuclear fuels
Feasibility analysis
Nuclear propulsion
Propulsive efficiency
Spacecraft propulsion
Specific impulse
Technology assessment

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 Technical report
Title Note N/A
NTIS Issue Number 1307
Contract Number N/A

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