The past as prologue: a look at historical flight qualifications for space nuclear systems

  • G. L. Bennett
  • Published 1992 in IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Magazine


The author examines what it means to flight qualify a space nuclear system. He reviews several qualification programs, including the general-purpose heat source radioisotope thermoelectric generators (GPHS-RTGs) as developed for the Galilee and Ulysses missions, the SNAP-10A space reactor, the Nuclear Engine for Rocket Vehicle Applications (NERVA), the F-1… (More)

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