Utilizing fission technology to enable rapid and affordable access to any point in the solar system

Houts, Mike; Bonometti, Joe; Morton, Jeff; Hrbud, Ivana; Bitteker, Leo; Van Dyke, Melissa; Godfroy, Tom; Pedersen, Kevin; Dobson, Chris; Patton, Bruce; Martin, James; Chakrabarti, Suman
January 2000
AIP Conference Proceedings;2000, Vol. 504 Issue 1, p1182
Academic Journal
Fission technology can enable rapid, affordable access to any point in the solar system. Potential fission-based transportation options include bimodal nuclear thermal rockets, high specific energy propulsion systems, and pulsed fission propulsion systems. In-space propellant re-supply enhances the effective performance of all systems, but requires significant infrastructure development. Safe, timely, affordable utilization of first-generation space fission propulsion systems will enable the development of more advanced systems. First generation space systems will build on over 45 years of US and international space fission system technology development to minimize cost. © 2000 American Institute of Physics.


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