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Nuclear Power Sources: A Key Enabling Technology for Planetary Exploration

Nuclear Power Sources: A Key Enabling Technology for Planetary Exploration Nuclear power sources for space (NPS) are, according to current physics knowledge, the only power source option for some classes of space missions. Europe has successfully used NPS exploration missions (e.g. Huygens lander on Titan and Ulysses spacecraft). Although some small-scale study and development efforts have been undertaken at the national level during the past 40 years, these did not go beyond study and early prototyping level.The present paper introduces the European situation with respect to the development and use of NPS. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part G: Journal of Aerospace Engineering SAGE

Nuclear Power Sources: A Key Enabling Technology for Planetary Exploration

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Publisher
SAGE
Copyright
© 2011 Institution of Mechanical Engineers
ISSN
0954-4100
eISSN
2041-3025
DOI
10.1243/09544100JAERO766
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Abstract

Nuclear power sources for space (NPS) are, according to current physics knowledge, the only power source option for some classes of space missions. Europe has successfully used NPS exploration missions (e.g. Huygens lander on Titan and Ulysses spacecraft). Although some small-scale study and development efforts have been undertaken at the national level during the past 40 years, these did not go beyond study and early prototyping level.The present paper introduces the European situation with respect to the development and use of NPS.

Journal

Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part G: Journal of Aerospace EngineeringSAGE

Published: Feb 1, 2011

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