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small fission reactor cogeneration of power from radiator heat and its application to a NEP system?

June 14, 2022

small fission reactor cogeneration of power from radiator heat and its application to a NEP system?

small reactor radiator inside a repurposed upper stage propellant tank

Propellent tank with Noble gasses powers a bank of sterling engines with enough power to run a NEP system?

RTGs have a bad SEP equivalency of wet/dry mass

A small fission reactor and stage would weigh more than RTG,s, right?

So trades studies 🙂 I think the small fission reactor radiator is putting out a lot of thermal heat more then a deep space mission needs to power instruments

We test this first as human mission directorate surface power

We test a deep-space version at Gateway, this version becomes the deepspace decadal version

Dry mass small fission reactor cogenerative power source for a NEP system

Dry mass (A)(1) converted cryogenic upper stage (2) mass of small fission reactor.(3) mass of noble gasses.(4)mass of sterling engines recovering reactor radiator heat

(B)(1)Wet mass; Noble gasses and the propellant tanks and feed lines for the NEP engines.

(B)(2) TOF time of fight under a cogenerative augmented scenario?

does it close?


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