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Space fission power: NASA's best bet to continue to explore the outer solar system

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dc.contributor.author Cassini, John
dc.date.accessioned 2020-11-02T17:13:59Z
dc.date.available 2020-11-02T17:13:59Z
dc.date.issued 2019-02-25
dc.identifier.citation Nuclear and Emerging Technologies for Space, American Nuclear Society Topical Meeting, Richland, Washington, February 25-28, 2019 en_US
dc.identifier.clearanceno 19-0427
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2014/50405
dc.description.abstract Implementation of balanced, cost-efficient programs to develop power technologies would enable future Voyager- and Cassini-class missions at the outermost planets; open up subsurface missions at Europa, Enceladus, and Titan; and facilitate orbiter and lander missions at Neptune and Triton. A rebalancing of the NASA power technology portfolio could establish the option of using fission power in space. The timing is right for the development of a small nuclear reactor design (such as KRUSTY) that can provide power for multi-year robotic missions and serve as a pathfinder and risk reduction strategy for the larger needs of future human exploration space power systems. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship NASA/JPL en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Pasadena, CA: Jet Propulsion Laboratory, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 2019 en_US
dc.title Space fission power: NASA's best bet to continue to explore the outer solar system en_US
dc.type Preprint en_US


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