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Space Fission Power Post #5:First Step: Affordable, Entry-Level Space Fission Systems

23 May 2012, 23:27 UTC
Space Fission Power Post #5:First Step: Affordable, Entry-Level Space Fission Systems
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Space fission power has long been identified as a near-term technology that can provide a dramatic leap in our ability to explore and expand into space. The trap that is sometimes fallen into is that “near-term” and “dramatic leap” are not necessarily consistent with each other. If a fission system is to be utilized in the near term, a reasonable, measured first step must be taken. Numerous past space fission power programs have failed because they have tried to do too much, too soon. The ideal development scenario would be a mission where the primary goal is to demonstrate the operation of a space fission system, but this would require a very strong commitment and would likely face many programmatic obstacles. A more likely scenario is to define an adequate mission, or a mission that has enough utility to retain programmatic support, while keeping technical requirements simple. Unfortunately, adequate gets increasingly more difficult with time, as solar and radioisotope technology have steadily evolved via small steps, and continue to raise the bar for the first step in space fission technology. This means that the first step must not only be small, but it should be taken as soon as possible. ...

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