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1 hour ago, Sgt.Squarehead said:

Why don't they just use the Orion technology FFS?

 

1) Banned by The Outer Space Treaty

2) NASA would have to go into public detail on how they miniaturised and optimised a nuclear bomb, which is sure to have a hilarious effect on international relations

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2 hours ago, Belesarius said:

Sounds cool, but the article needs more detail (it would also be nice if they linked to a NASA press release or something).

 

  • When are they going to test a full scale example?
  • Are there any plans for an orbital test (like the Saturn-N plans from the NERVA days)?
  • Where can I learn more about the Russian reactor?
2 hours ago, Sgt.Squarehead said:

Why don't they just use the Orion technology FFS?

 

Because people are lame and have no sense of adventure (also, what Xlucine said).

 

This; http://www.projectrho.com/public_html/rocket/supplement/GA-5009vIII.pdf

 

paper talks about using a Saturn V to launch Orion components, which would at least eliminate the ground launch issue.

 

 

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18 hours ago, LostCosmonaut said:

Because people are lame and have no sense of adventure (also, what Xlucine said).

 

Pussehs!  :angry:

 

Nuke MEFPs for all!  ;)

 

14 hours ago, Collimatrix said:

 

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That's the spirit!  :D

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The things you find tucked away in a derelict hangar at Edwards AFB. These two unpiloted X-34s were technology testbed demonstrators that were designed to demonstrate key vehicle and operational technologies applicable to future low-cost reusable launch vehicles.

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https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/demonstration-proves-nuclear-fission-system-can-provide-space-exploration-power

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Demonstration Proves Nuclear Fission System Can Provide Space Exploration Power

NASA and the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) have successfully demonstrated a new nuclear reactor power system that could enable long-duration crewed missions to the Moon, Mars and destinations beyond.

NASA announced the results of the demonstration, called the Kilopower Reactor Using Stirling Technology (KRUSTY) experiment,during a news conference Wednesday at its Glenn Research Center in Cleveland. The Kilopower experimentwas conducted at the NNSA’s Nevada National Security Site from November 2017 through March.

“Safe, efficient and plentiful energy will be the key to future robotic and human exploration,” said Jim Reuter, NASA’s acting associate administrator for the Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) in Washington. “I expect the Kilopower project to be an essential part of lunar and Mars power architectures as they evolve.”

Kilopower is a small, lightweight fission power system capable of providing up to 10 kilowatts of electrical power - enough to run several average households - continuously for at least 10 years. Four Kilopower units would provide enough power to establish an outpost.

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The prototype power system uses a solid, cast uranium-235 reactor core, about the size of a paper towel roll. Passive sodium heat pipes transfer reactor heat to high-efficiency Stirling engines, which convert the heat to electricity. 

 

First thought:

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