A nuclear source term analysis for spacecraft power systems

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All US space missions involving on board nuclear material must be approved by the Office of the President. To be approved the mission and the hardware systems must undergo evaluations of the associated nuclear health and safety risk. One part of these evaluations is the characterization of the source terms, i.e., the estimate of the amount, physical form, and location of nuclear material, which might be released into the environment in the event of credible accidents. This paper presents a brief overview of the source term analysis by the Interagency Nuclear Safety Review Panel for the NASA Cassini Space Mission ... continued below

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McCulloch, W. H. December 1, 1998.

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All US space missions involving on board nuclear material must be approved by the Office of the President. To be approved the mission and the hardware systems must undergo evaluations of the associated nuclear health and safety risk. One part of these evaluations is the characterization of the source terms, i.e., the estimate of the amount, physical form, and location of nuclear material, which might be released into the environment in the event of credible accidents. This paper presents a brief overview of the source term analysis by the Interagency Nuclear Safety Review Panel for the NASA Cassini Space Mission launched in October 1997. Included is a description of the Energy Interaction Model, an innovative approach to the analysis of potential releases from high velocity impacts resulting from launch aborts and reentries.

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  • International conference on probabilistic safety assessment and management (PSAM4), New York, NY (United States), 13-18 Sep 1998

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  • Other: DE99001059
  • Report No.: SAND--98-2009C
  • Report No.: CONF-980907--
  • Grant Number: AC04-94AL85000
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 291156
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc680549

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McCulloch, W. H. A nuclear source term analysis for spacecraft power systems, article, December 1, 1998; United States. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc680549/: accessed October 18, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.