Annual Technical Progress Report of Radioisotope Power System Materials Production and Technology Program Tasks for October 1, 2004, Through September 30, 2005 Page: 4 of 43
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The Office of Space and Defense Power Systems of the Department of Energy (DOE) provides
Radioisotope Power Systems (RPS) for applications where conventional power systems are not
feasible. For example, radioisotope thermoelectric generators were supplied by the DOE to the
National Aeronautics and Space Administration for deep space missions including the Cassini
Mission launched in October of 1997 to study the planet Saturn. For the Cassini Mission, ORNL
produced carbon-bonded carbon fiber (CBCF) insulator sets, iridium alloy blanks and foil, and
clad vent sets (CVS) used in the generators. The Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) has
been involved in developing materials and technology and producing components for the DOE
for more than three decades.
This report reflects program guidance from the Office of Space and Defense Power Systems for
fiscal year (FY) 2005. Production activities for prime quality (prime) CBCF insulator sets,
iridium alloy blanks and foil, and CVS are summarized in this report. Technology activities are
also reported that were conducted to improve the manufacturing processes, characterize materials,
or to develop information for new radioisotope power systems.
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Annual Technical Progress Report of Radioisotope Power System Materials Production and Technology Program Tasks for October 1, 2004, Through September 30, 2005, report, September 30, 2005; Oak Ridge, Tennessee. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc895975/m1/4/: accessed December 11, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.