A bimodal power and propulsion system based on cermet fuel and heat pipe energy transport

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Bimodal space reactor systems provide both thermal propulsion for the spacecraft orbital transfer and electrical power to the spacecraft bus once it is on station. These systems have the potential to increase both the available payload in high energy orbits and the available power to that payload. These increased mass and power capabilities can be used to either reduce mission cost by permitting the use of smaller launch vehicles or to provide increased mission performance from the current launch vehicle. A major barrier to the deployment of these bimodal systems has been the cost associated with their development. This paper ... continued below

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Polansky, G. F.; Gunther, N. A.; Rochow, R. F. & Bixler, C. H. May 1995.

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    Publisher Info: Sandia National Labs., Albuquerque, NM (United States)
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Bimodal space reactor systems provide both thermal propulsion for the spacecraft orbital transfer and electrical power to the spacecraft bus once it is on station. These systems have the potential to increase both the available payload in high energy orbits and the available power to that payload. These increased mass and power capabilities can be used to either reduce mission cost by permitting the use of smaller launch vehicles or to provide increased mission performance from the current launch vehicle. A major barrier to the deployment of these bimodal systems has been the cost associated with their development. This paper describes a bimodal reactor system with performance potential to permit more than 70% of the instrumented payload of the Titan IV/Centaur to be launched from the Atlas IIAS. The development cost is minimized by basing the design on existing component technologies.

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INIS; OSTI as DE95011890

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  • 30. intersociety energy conversion engineering conference, Orlando, FL (United States), 30 Jul - 5 Aug 1995

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  • Other: DE95011890
  • Report No.: SAND--95-0903C
  • Report No.: CONF-950729--4
  • Grant Number: AC04-94AL85000
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 71378
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc708177

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Polansky, G. F.; Gunther, N. A.; Rochow, R. F. & Bixler, C. H. A bimodal power and propulsion system based on cermet fuel and heat pipe energy transport, article, May 1995; Albuquerque, New Mexico. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc708177/: accessed September 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.