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Description: The Rover type reactor is described briefly, and the problems of Rover flight safety are considered. The safety program is described in some detail, and launch pad accidents and post-operation disposal of the reactor are considered. A poison system will be used during reactor assembly and launch. (D.L.C.)
Date: October 31, 1964
Creator: King, L.D.P.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department


Description: The H1700 Package is based on the DOE-EM Certified 9977 Packaging. The H1700 will be certified by the Packaging Certification Division of the National Nuclear Security Administration for the shipment of plutonium by air by the United Stated Military both within the United States and internationally. The H1700 is designed to ship radioactive contents in assemblies of Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generators (RTGs) or arrangements of nested food-pack cans. The RTG containers are designed and tested to remain leaktight during transport, handling, and storage; however, their ability to remain leaktight during transport in the H1700 is not credited. This paper discusses the design and special operation of the H1700.
Date: June 5, 2009
Creator: Abramczyk, G.; Loftin, B. & Mann, P.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Preliminary Operationai Hazards Summary Report for the Task 2 Thermoelectric Generator

Description: The operational hazards associated with the use of an isotope-fueled auxiliary power unit for a satellite mission are described. The effects of missile about on the generator are discussed. The generator design is described, and the properties of the various fuel forms are investigated. The characteristics of the fuel capsules and the provisions for biological shielding are also described. Integration of the generator into a typical missile system is discussed. Hazards and procedures of transporting and handling the fuel cores from fabrication to launchlng are considered. Aborted missions are defined, and the forces acting on the generator during abort are described. (W.D.M.)
Date: December 1, 1959
Creator: Dix, G. P., Jr.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Nuclear heat sources for cryogenic refrigerator applications

Description: Spacecraft cryogenic refrigerators require thermal inputs on the order of 1000 W. First, the characteristics of solar-electric and radioisotope heat source systems for supplying this thermal input are compared. Then the design of a $sup 238$Pu heat source for this application is described, and equipment for shipping and handling the heat source is discussed. (LCL)
Date: June 1, 1975
Creator: Raab, B.; Schock, A.; King, W.G.; Kline, T. & Russo, F.A.
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Monthly technical progress report, 29 January 1996--25 Februray 1996

Description: This report discusses the technical progress made on the radioisotope thermoelectric generators and ancillary activities for the Cassini space probe mission to the planet Saturn. The probe is designated for launch in October of 1997. This report covers the project reporting period from 29 January 1996 through 25 February 1996. The report is organized by program task structure and includes activities for: spacecraft integration and liason; engineering support; safety; qualified unicouple production; ETG fabrication, assembly, and testing; RTG shipping and launch support; designs, reviews and mission applications; quality assurance, reliability and contract changes; and CAGO acquisition.
Date: April 1, 1996
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Cassini RTG Program. Monthly technical progress report, October 2--October 29, 1995

Description: The technical progress achieved during the period 2 October through 29 October, 1995 is described herein. This report is organized by program task structure: (1) spacecraft integration and liaison; (2) engineering support; (3) safety; (4) qualified unicouple production; (5) ETG fabrication, assembly, and test; (6) ground support equipment (GSE); (7) RTG shipping and launch support; (8) designs, reviews, and mission applications; (9) project management, quality assurance, reliability, contract changes, CAGO acquisition (operating funds), and GACO maintenance and repair; and CAGO acquisition (capital funds).
Date: November 24, 1995
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Radioisotope thermoelectric generator transportation system subsystem 143 software development plan

Description: This plan describes the activities to be performed and the controls to be applied to the process of specifying, developing, and qualifying the data acquisition software for the Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generator (RTG) Transportation System Subsystem 143 Instrumentation and Data Acquisition System (IDAS). This plan will serve as a software quality assurance plan, a verification and validation (V and V) plan, and a configuration management plan.
Date: November 10, 1994
Creator: King, D.A.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Estimates of the radiation environment for a nuclear rocket engine

Description: Ambitious missions in deep space, such as manned expeditions to Mars, require nuclear propulsion if they are to be accomplished in a reasonable length of time. Current technology is adequate to support the use of nuclear fission as a source of energy for propulsion; however, problems associated with neutrons and gammas leaking from the rocket engine must be addressed. Before manned or unmanned space flights are attempted, an extensive ground test program on the rocket engine must be completed. This paper compares estimated radiation levels and nuclear heating rates in and around the rocket engine for both a ground test and space environments.
Date: December 31, 1992
Creator: Courtney, J. C.; Manohara, H. M. & Williams, M. L.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Over-the-road shock and vibration testing of the radioisotope thermoelectric generator transportation system

Description: Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generators (RTG) convert heat generated by radioactive decay into electricity through the use of thermocouples. The RTGs have a long operating life, are reasonably lightweight, and require little or no maintenance, which make them particularly attractive for use in spacecraft. However, because RTGs contain significant quantities of radioactive materials, normally plutonium-238 and its decay products, they must be transported in packages built in accordance with Title 10, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 71 (10 CFR 71). To meet these regulations, a RTG Transportation System (RTGTS) that fully complies with 10 CFR 71 has been developed, which protects RTGs from adverse environmental conditions during normal conditions of transport (e.g., shock, vibration, and heat). To ensure the protection of RTGs from shock and vibration loadings during transport, extensive over-the-road testing was conducted on the RTG`S to obtain real-time recordings of accelerations of the air-ride suspension system trailer floor, packaging, and support structure. This paper provides an overview of the RTG`S, a discussion of the shock and vibration testing, and a comparison of the test results to the specified shock response spectra and power spectral density acceleration criteria.
Date: May 1, 1997
Creator: Becker, D. L.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department


Description: A total of 74 subsections are included in the report. The information in 4 subsections was previously abstracted in NSA. Separate abstracts were prepared for 38 of the subsections. Those sections for which no abstracts were prepared contain information on prompt neutron lifetime, Rover critical experiments, Pu/sup 239/ fission, neutron decay, the O5R code, alpha scattering, 8 and P wavelengths, proton scattering, deuteron scattering, local optical potentials, N. S. Savamah radiation leakage, reactor shielding, cross section data analysis, gamma transport, gamma energy deposition, gaussian integration, data interpolation, neutron scattering, neutron energy deposition, space vehicles, computer analyses, shielding, positron sources, and secondary particles. (J.R.D.)
Date: January 11, 1963
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