Nuclear electric propulsion operational reliability and crew safety study : NEP systems/modeling report
- Karns, James
- JAN 1, 1993.
- Physical Description:
- 1 electronic document
- Restrictions on Access:
- Unclassified, Unlimited, Publicly available.
- The objective of this study was to establish the initial quantitative reliability bounds for nuclear electric propulsion systems in a manned Mars mission required to ensure crew safety and mission success. Finding the reliability bounds involves balancing top-down (mission driven) requirements and bottom-up (technology driven) capabilities. In seeking this balance we hope to accomplish the following: (1) provide design insights into the achievability of the baseline design in terms of reliability requirements, given the existing technology base; (2) suggest alternative design approaches which might enhance reliability and crew safety; and (3) indicate what technology areas require significant research and development to achieve the reliability objectives.
- NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS) Collection.
- Document ID: 19930017787., Accession ID: 93N26976., and NASA. Lewis Research Center, Nuclear Propulsion Technical Interchange Meeting, Volume 2; p 922-990.
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