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The reviewing team was apparently lead by Capt. Mott-Smith as he
asked practically all of the questions and carried on the discussion0
In opening the session, Capt. Mott-Snith stated the Boeing Final Report
and the supporting documents had been thoroughly reviewed~ The nature
of the questions subsequently asked indicated this was indeed true. The
questions asked in the order of occurrence are as follows:
1. Q. Having read both final report and the nuclear propulsion
volume, AGC No. 1676, why was nuclear summary not included :-1 final report?
A. ',:C received report too late to p tit integration. -
of 1000 seconds.
Panel questioned statement that nuclear Isp was minimum
A. Answered that 1000 seconds if achievable at all would be
the maximum from solid-core heat exhanger-type nuclear rocket engine. It
was restated that shuttle vehicle was based on engine designed for 700 secondei
and AUC felt maximum practical I. for solid-core heat exchanger nuclear
rocket was about 950 seconds. - Satisfactory.
3. Q. Are we doing any experimental work on nuclear rocket?
agency in U.S.
Stated that Los Alamos Scientific LaboratorT was only
doing experimental work on rocket type nuclear reactors.,
14. Q. What is schedule on availability of nuclear rocket and
hew does this schedule fit in with work at LAWL?
A. If LASL schedules of KI'I-B reactor test by 1962 to 1963
and breadboard engine by 1964, sngins for shuttle vehicle can be available
by 1966 - 67. With increased rpport, it uas felt that LASL using outside
contractors could accelerate prgram by at least 12 months,
5. Q. What happens to schedule if funding not provided? There
could slippage occur?
y A. In step between breadboard engine and prototype engine,
This would occur at a very crucial time. Fart of the work to be done
immediately would be to determine pratotypt. engine requirements of reactor
such that research reactor coubi incc:'porato these elements. If thase
requirements are not incorporated early, they will even ally have to occu-,
during the change from breadboard to prototype. Early ince2 nratios is gDcd
insurance toward building the engine. Thin sequence sa t.isiac Loryo
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