ERIC Number: ED297953
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
Nuclear Power in Space.
Department of Energy, Washington, DC. Nuclear Energy Office.
Research has shown that nuclear radioisotope power generators can supply compact, reliable, and efficient sources of energy for a broad range of space missions. These missions range from televising views of planetary surfaces to communicating scientific data to Earth. This publication presents many applications of the advancing technology and commemorates three important milestones in space technology research: (1) the emplacement of the Apollo Lunar Surface Experiments Package on the Moon in November 1969; (2) the first demonstration of nuclear power for space in January 1959; and (3) The Atomic Energy Act of 1954: as amended, that encouraged applications for nuclear energy in a broad range of scientific endeavors, including exploration of space. Spacecraft propulsion had contributions originating from a number of countries. The log of space flights began in November 1957 with the first artificial satellite, Sputnik-1. Presently the total number of satellites has grown to more than 1,693 and a primary vehicle for launching a variety of spacecraft and satellites for research and communications purposes is being provided by the United States Space Shuttle Program. Topics of information include: space power systems and types; key events; space exploration milestones; future planetary missions and generating systems; isotope power systems; and aerospace safety. (RT)
Descriptors: Aerospace Technology, College Science, Higher Education, Nuclear Energy, Nuclear Technology, Radioisotopes, Safety, Satellites (Aerospace), Science Education, Space Exploration, Space Sciences, Technological Advancement, Technology Transfer
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Department of Energy, Washington, DC. Nuclear Energy Office.
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