Reducing the risk to Mars: The gas core nuclear rocket

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The next giant leap for mankind will be the human exploration of Mars. Almost certainly within the next thirty years, a human crew will brave the isolation, the radiation, and the lack of gravity to walk on and explore the Red planet. However, because the mission distances and duration will be hundreds of times greater than the lunar missions, a human crew will face much greater obstacles and a higher risk than those experienced during the Apollo program. A single solution to many of these obstacles is to dramatically decrease the mission duration by developing a high performance propulsion system. ... continued below

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Howe, S.D.; DeVolder, B.; Thode, L. & Zerkle, D. December 31, 1998.

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The next giant leap for mankind will be the human exploration of Mars. Almost certainly within the next thirty years, a human crew will brave the isolation, the radiation, and the lack of gravity to walk on and explore the Red planet. However, because the mission distances and duration will be hundreds of times greater than the lunar missions, a human crew will face much greater obstacles and a higher risk than those experienced during the Apollo program. A single solution to many of these obstacles is to dramatically decrease the mission duration by developing a high performance propulsion system. The gas-core nuclear rocket (GCNR) has the potential to be such a system. The authors have completed a comparative study of the potential impact that a GCNR could have on a manned Mars mission. The total IMLEO, transit times, and accumulated radiation dose to the crew will be compared with the NASA Design Reference Missions.

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  • Space technology and applications international forum, Albuquerque, NM (United States), 25-29 Jan 1998

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  • Other: DE98001449
  • Report No.: LA-UR--97-3361
  • Report No.: CONF-980103--
  • Grant Number: W-7405-ENG-36
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 563811
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc691318

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Howe, S.D.; DeVolder, B.; Thode, L. & Zerkle, D. Reducing the risk to Mars: The gas core nuclear rocket, article, December 31, 1998; New Mexico. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc691318/: accessed October 15, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.