Nuclear power: key to man's extraterrestrial civilization

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The start of the Third Millennium will be highlighted by the establishment of man's extraterrestrial civilization with three technical cornerstones leading to the off-planet expansion of the human resource base. These are (1) the availability of compact energy sources for power and propulsion, (2) the creation of permanent manned habitats in space, and (3) the ability to process materials anywhere in the Solar System. In the 1990s and beyond, nuclear reactors could represent the prime source of both space power and propulsion. The manned and unmanned space missions of tomorrow will demand first kilowatt and then megawatt levels of power. ... continued below

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Angelo, J.A. Jr. & Buden, D. January 1, 1982.

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The start of the Third Millennium will be highlighted by the establishment of man's extraterrestrial civilization with three technical cornerstones leading to the off-planet expansion of the human resource base. These are (1) the availability of compact energy sources for power and propulsion, (2) the creation of permanent manned habitats in space, and (3) the ability to process materials anywhere in the Solar System. In the 1990s and beyond, nuclear reactors could represent the prime source of both space power and propulsion. The manned and unmanned space missions of tomorrow will demand first kilowatt and then megawatt levels of power. Various nuclear power plant technologies will be discussed, with emphasis on derivatives from the nuclear rocket technology.

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  • 17. Intersociety Energy Conversion Engineering conference, Los Angeles, CA, USA, 8 Aug 1982

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  • Other: DE82016074
  • Report No.: LA-UR-82-1316
  • Report No.: CONF-820814-10
  • Grant Number: W-7405-ENG-36
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 5335395
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc1068425

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Angelo, J.A. Jr. & Buden, D. Nuclear power: key to man's extraterrestrial civilization, article, January 1, 1982; New Mexico. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1068425/: accessed October 23, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.