- Conference date: 7−11 Jan 1996
- Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico (USA)
In order to provide a strategy for space reactor technology development, the Defense Nuclear Agency (DNA) has authorized a brief review of potential national needs that may be addressed by space reactor systems. A systematic approach was used to explore needs at several levels that are increasingly specific. • Level 0—General Trends and Issues • Level 1—Generic Space Capabilities to Address Trends • Level 2—Requirements to Support Capabilities • Level 3—System Types Capable of Meeting Requirements • Level 4—Generic Reactor System Types • Level 5—Specific Baseline Systems Using these findings, a strategy was developed to support important space reactor technologies within a limited budget. A preliminary evaluation identified key technical issues and provide a prioritized set of candidate research projects. The evaluation of issues and the recommended research projects are presented in a companion paper.
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