posted on Mar, 15 2012 @ 02:04 PM
Originally posted by Hawkeyes
SNAP-10A was a nuclear reactor sent into space in 1965.
"The reactor was left in a 700-nautical-mile (1,300 km) earth orbit for an expected duration of 4,000 years."
I wonder if that reactor really went to the moon
SP100 Class Nuclear Reactor on the Moon
Gary L. Bennett and Ronald C. Cull
NASA Office of Aeronautics and Exploration Technology
Enabling the Space Exploration Initiative:
NASA's Exploration Technology Program in Space Power
NASA Technical Memorandum 4325
THE SPACE EXPLORATION INITIATIVE SEI
President George Bush inaugurated the Space Exploration Initiative (SEI) with his speech on 20 July 1989 commemorating the 20th anniversary of the
Apollo 11 landing on the Moon when he stated:
"And next -- for the new century -- back to the Moon. Back to the future. And this time, back to stay.
And then -- a journey into tomorrow -- a journey to another planet -- a manned mission to Mars".
NASA: Technical Report Server - 1992001913 PDF
Time to upgrade the old equipment perhaps?
Here are a few more items related...
SEI Recommondation 5
Incorporate Space Exploration Initiative requirements into the joint NASA-DOD Heavy Lift Program.
(It has been implemented - NASA is now officially under the DoD)
In 1997, DoD, NASA, and the NRO created the Space Technology Alliance (STA) to “coordinate the development of affordable, effective space
technologies for the greatest return on government funds.” The STA is making steady and significant progress in coordinating government S&T
investment in space and has developed a prototype methodology for categorizing space technologies.
Related Federal and Private Sector Efforts.5 Currently identified technology efforts include the USAF EELV, NASA X-33/RLV, Boeing Delta III, Lockheed
Martin Atlas IIAR, OSC Pegasus, and several other private-sector startup programs to include teaming with foreign manufacturers (primarily the former
USSR republics). The NRO does not develop launch vehicles.
Lunar Base Facilities Development and Operation
by H.H.Koelle 1/1/1992
The subject of developing and operating of lunar facilities has been covered widely during the last decades. This report attemps to integrate these
various contributions discussing specific details from the systems viewpoint. This is mandatory for the simulation of the acquisition process and the
lunar base operation of extended periods. Lifetimes of several decades have to be considered. The functions of lunar facilities are defined and
assigned to specific installations. Mass flows between the elements of the lunar base are identified as well as their interrelations with each other
and the facility elements. Some initial information is presented on the 14 types of facilities identified. State-variables and performance indicators
are defined to compare alternative facility concepts on the same bases. Some illustrative schedules are developed to place the developments expected
into a frame of reference with respect to time. A sub-program of Lunar science is described because this is one of the strongest motivations to
continue lunar development in the 21st century. The report is closed with some guidelines on how to simulate and compare alternative lunar base
concepts over their life cycle. 45pages, 13 tables,178 references.
Lunar Base Facilities Development and Operation PDF
Continued next post....
Pegasus Document Release #006
posted on 26-11-2007
Of course ATS seems to think good documents belong in Skunkworks
Make one wonder "Why bother"
edit on 15-3-2012 by zorgon because: (no reason given)