So has the upgrade to the Lunar Power Plant already been accomplished?
Space and Surface Power for the Space Exploration Initiative
Results from Project Outreach
By: Calvin Shipbaugh, Kenneth A. Solomon, Daniel Gonzales, M. L. Juncosa, Theodore W. Bauer, Robert M. Salter
This Note describes the findings of the Space and Surface Power panel, one of eight project panels evaluating submissions to the Space Exploration
Initiative (SEI) Outreach Program, or Project Outreach. The submissions screened by the Space and Surface Power panel proposed systems that can be
classified into at least one of five technical areas: (1) power generation (solar power, nuclear power, fuel cells, batteries, and "other"), (2)
power transmission, (3) energy storage, (4) thermal management, and (5) handling. The panel screened 167 submissions and selected the 22
highest-ranked ones for further analysis. The submissions that appeared to offer the best overall potential dealt with nuclear power sources, power
beaming, the development of in-situ resources (including the use of solar dynamic power), and thermal management. Some lower-ranked submissions also
contained interesting and potentially useful system concepts, and the authors evaluated some concepts not suggested in the submissions, including
rechargeable high-energy density batteries, high-speed flywheels, and superconducting storage rings. A number of space and surface power issues became
apparent and were examined by the panel members: (1) environmental implications of SEI power systems, (2) use of in-situ materials, (3) nuclear vs.
nonnuclear power, (4) start-up vs. evolutionary power needs, (5) manned vs. unmanned system requirements, and (6) development of new power
RAND Document No: N-3280-AF/NASA Year: 1992 Pages: xxiii, 94 ISBN: 0833020099
Keywords: Electricity in astronautics; Space vehicles--Auxiliary--Power supply; Extraterrestrial Bases --Energy consumption
Cost: $ 35.50
Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC)
Accession Number : ADA256890
Title : Human Support Issues and Systems for the Space Exploration Initiative: Results from Project Outreach,
Corporate Author : RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA
Personal Author(s) : Aroesty, J. ; Zimmerman, R. ; Logan, J.
Report Date : 1991
Pagination or Media Count : 131
Abstract : Human support issues hold the key to mankind's future in space. Success in resolving these issues and achieving the broader goals of the
Space Exploration Initiative (SEI) will evolve only from a view of human space exploration as an ongoing enterprise where investments in research and
development resolve operational problems, create infrastructure for future missions, and provide spinoffs that enrich the quality of American life.
Fundamental questions of crew adaptability, tolerance, performance, and survival must be confronted SEI feasibility, continued support, and eventual
success. Further, human support issues should be incorporated by life scientists early in (1) formulating preliminary requirements and guidelines, (2)
planning missions, and (3) designing spacecraft. This should be done in ways that reflect the best judgment of both the space and life science
communities. Properly posed requirements will facilitate the development of robust system concepts and design solutions that can be adapted to new
knowledge, not always favorable, from R and D and test programs conducted on Earth and in space. Only in this manner can we identify (and reject)
architectures that rely on potentially unstable, overly optimistic design solutions that exist in a narrow region separating feasibility from failure,
and that can accommodate only favorable new findings.
Descriptors : *SPACE EXPLORATION, *HUMAN FACTORS ENGINEERING, *LIFE SUPPORT SYSTEMS, *RADIATION PROTECTION, SPACE CREWS, ASTRONAUTS, SURVIVAL
EQUIPMENT, PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT, EXPOSURE(PHYSIOLOGY), TOLERANCES(PHYSIOLOGY), SOLAR RADIATION, HEALTH, RISK, COSMIC RAYS, SPACECRAFT.
Subject Categories : ASTRONAUTICS
HUMAN FACTORS ENGINEERING & MAN MACHINE SYSTEM
LIFE SUPPORT SYSTEMS
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE
Accession Number : ADA256890
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Hmmmm is anyone else 'concerned' that you have to PAY to get public released documents from our Government?
Hey COOL HAND... wanna chip in a few bucks? I 'might' be inclined to leave out the comments... No?... didn't think so...
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