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Recent Joint Studies Related to the Development of Space Radioisotope Power Systems

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posted on 14.06.2019, 10:54 by DP Kramer, R Ambrosi, M Sarsfield, EJ Watkinson, R Mesalam, H Williams, C Barklay, T Tinsley, S Goodrich, T Pierson, C Whiting
Over the last several years there has been a mutually beneficial ongoing technical interchange between the U.K and the U.S. related to various aspects of space radioisotope power systems (RPS). While this interchange has been primarily focused on materials based activities, it has also included some aspects related to safety, environmental, and lessons learned during the application of RPSs by the U.S. during the last fifty years. Recent joint technical RPS endeavors have centered on the development of a possible “cold” ceramic surrogate for 238PuO2 and 241AmOx and the irradiation of thermoelectrics and other materials at expected RPS related neutron fluences. As the U.S. continues to deploy and Europe develops RPS capability, on-going joint RPS technical interfaces will continue to enhance each entities’ endeavors in this nuclear based power technology critical for deep space exploration.

Funding

The University of Dayton conducted this research under U.S. Department of Energy/Office of Space & Defense Power Systems contract No. DE-NE0000422, their continuing support is greatly appreciated. The University of Leicester and the National Nuclear Laboratory also greatly appreciate the support of the European Space Agency for funding the space nuclear power technology development studies.

History

Citation

E3S Web of Conferences, 11th European Space Power Conference, 2017, 16

Author affiliation

/Organisation/COLLEGE OF SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING/Department of Physics and Astronomy

Source

11th European Space Power Conference (ESPC), Thessaloniki, GREECE

Version

VoR (Version of Record)

Published in

E3S Web of Conferences

Publisher

EDP Sciences

issn

2267-1242

Copyright date

2017

Available date

14/06/2019

Publisher version

https://www.e3s-conferences.org/articles/e3sconf/abs/2017/04/e3sconf_espc2017_05002/e3sconf_espc2017_05002.html

Editors

Fernandez, A

Temporal coverage: start date

03/10/2016

Temporal coverage: end date

07/10/2016

Language

en