- Conference date: 31 Jan - 4 Feb 1999
- Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico (USA)
The Heatpipe Power System (HPS) and Heatpipe Bimodal System (HBS) both have been proposed as potential near-term, low-cost, space fission power systems, with the latter option adding the capability for spacecraft propulsion. In this context the phrase “near term” has referred to having a flight-ready system available for launch within 5 yr. The term “low cost” implies that the initial system could be developed and produced for less than $100M, with subsequent production in the range of $20M per system. A study has been conducted to develop a cost and schedule estimate to design, produce, and qualify a flight-ready HPS/HBS reactor and the associated shield and power conversion system. The conclusion of this study is that the HPS/HBS concepts qualify as near-term, low-cost, space fission power system options within the current state of technology.
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