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Document Release #006
SP100 Class Nuclear Reactor on the Moon
SP100 Class Nuclear Reactor on the Moon
Enabling the Space Exploration Initiative:
THE SPACE EXPLORATION INITIATIVE SEI
President George Bush inaugurated the Space Exploration Initiative (SEI) with his speech on 20 July 1989 commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing on the Moon when he stated:
"And next -- for the new century
-- back to the Moon. Back to the future. And this time, back to stay.
Time to upgrade the old equipment perhaps? :D
SEI Recommondation 5
Incorporate Space Exploration Initiative requirements into the joint NASA-DOD Heavy Lift Program.
(It has been implemented - NASA is now officially under the DoD)
"In 1997, DoD, NASA, and the NRO created the Space Technology Alliance (STA) to “coordinate the development of affordable, effective space technologies for the greatest return on government funds.” The STA is making steady and significant progress in coordinating government S&T investment in space and has developed a prototype methodology for categorizing space technologies."
"Related Federal and Private Sector Efforts.5 Currently identified technology efforts include the USAF EELV, NASA X-33/RLV, Boeing Delta III, Lockheed Martin Atlas IIAR, OSC Pegasus, and several other private-sector startup programs to include teaming with foreign manufacturers (primarily the former USSR republics). The NRO does not develop launch vehicles."
Lunar Base Facilities Development and Operation
The subject of developing and operating of lunar facilities
has been covered widely during the last decades. This report attemps to
integrate these various contributions discussing specific details from
the systems viewpoint. This is mandatory for the simulation of the acquisition
process and the lunar base operation of extended periods. Lifetimes of
several decades have to be considered. The functions of lunar facilities
are defined and assigned to specific installations. Mass flows between
the elements of the lunar base are identified as well as their interrelations
with each other and the facility elements. Some initial information is
presented on the 14 types of facilities identified. State-variables and
performance indicators are defined to compare alternative facility concepts
on the same bases. Some illustrative schedules are developed to place the
developments expected into a frame of reference with respect to time. A
sub-program of Lunar science is described because this is one of the strongest
motivations to continue lunar development in the 21st century. The report
is closed with some guidelines on how to simulate and compare alternative
lunar base concepts over their life cycle. 45pages, 13 tables,178 references.
Continued next post....
|So has the upgrade to the Lunar Power Plant already
This Note describes the findings of the Space and Surface Power panel, one of eight project panels evaluating submissions to the Space Exploration Initiative (SEI) Outreach Program, or Project Outreach. The submissions screened by the Space and Surface Power panel proposed systems that can be classified into at least one of five technical areas: (1) power generation (solar power, nuclear power, fuel cells, batteries, and "other"), (2) power transmission, (3) energy storage, (4) thermal management, and (5) handling. The panel screened 167 submissions and selected the 22 highest-ranked ones for further analysis. The submissions that appeared to offer the best overall potential dealt with nuclear power sources, power beaming, the development of in-situ resources (including the use of solar dynamic power), and thermal management. Some lower-ranked submissions also contained interesting and potentially useful system concepts, and the authors evaluated some concepts not suggested in the submissions, including rechargeable high-energy density batteries, high-speed flywheels, and superconducting storage rings. A number of space and surface power issues became apparent and were examined by the panel members: (1) environmental implications of SEI power systems, (2) use of in-situ materials, (3) nuclear vs. nonnuclear power, (4) start-up vs. evolutionary power needs, (5) manned vs. unmanned system requirements, and (6) development of new power transmission methods.
Keywords: Electricity in astronautics; Space vehicles--Auxiliary--Power supply; Extraterrestrial Bases --Energy consumption
Cost: $ 35.50
Corporate Author : RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA
Human support issues hold the key to mankind's future in space. Success in resolving these issues and achieving the broader goals of the Space Exploration Initiative (SEI) will evolve only from a view of human space exploration as an ongoing enterprise where investments in research and development resolve operational problems, create infrastructure for future missions, and provide spinoffs that enrich the quality of American life. Fundamental questions of crew adaptability, tolerance, performance, and survival must be confronted SEI feasibility, continued support, and eventual success. Further, human support issues should be incorporated by life scientists early in (1) formulating preliminary requirements and guidelines, (2) planning missions, and (3) designing spacecraft. This should be done in ways that reflect the best judgment of both the space and life science communities. Properly posed requirements will facilitate the development of robust system concepts and design solutions that can be adapted to new knowledge, not always favorable, from R and D and test programs conducted on Earth and in space. Only in this manner can we identify (and reject) architectures that rely on potentially unstable, overly optimistic design solutions that exist in a narrow region separating feasibility from failure, and that can accommodate only favorable new findings.
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Hmmmm is anyone else 'concerned' that you have to PAY to get public released documents from our Government?
Hey COOL HAND... wanna chip in a few bucks? I 'might' be inclined to leave out the comments... No?... didn't think so...
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