Priorities in Space Science Enabled by Nuclear Power and Propulsion

Priorities in Space Science Enabled by Nuclear Power and Propulsion

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In 2003, NASA began an RaD effort to develop nuclear power and propulsion systems for solar system exploration. This activity, renamed Project Prometheus in 2004, was initiated because of the inherent limitations in photovoltaic and chemical propulsion systems in reaching many solar system objectives. To help determine appropriate missions for a nuclear power and propulsion capability, NASA asked the NRC for an independent assessment of potentially highly meritorious missions that may be enabled if space nuclear systems became operational. This report provides a series of space science objectives and missions that could be so enabled in the period beyond 2015 in the areas of astronomy and astrophysics, solar system exploration, and solar and space physics. It is based on but does not reprioritize the findings of previous NRC decadal surveys in those three areas.Committee on Priorities for Space Science Enabled by Nuclear Power and Propulsion, Space Studies Board, Aeronautics ... Although solar power is adequate for missions lasting weeks or months near the equatorial regions, solar -powered ... from Marsa#39;s surface and crust requires significant roving and drilling capabilities, which are enhanced by the use of RPSs. ... This New Frontiers concept is representative of a class of mission that will study the inner magnetic field, determine theanbsp;...


Title:Priorities in Space Science Enabled by Nuclear Power and Propulsion
Author: Committee on Priorities for Space Science Enabled by Nuclear Power and Propulsion, Space Studies Board, Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences, National Research Council
Publisher:National Academies Press - 2006-03-20
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