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Engine-driven generators for deep space probes

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Summarizes important developments relating to power for deep space missions. The important alternatives to thermocouples for converting radioisotope heat into electric power are Stirling engines, alkali-metal thermal-to-electric converters (AMTEC), thermionic converters, and thermo-photovoltaic converters. The operating principles and limitations of these converters are described.

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Aerospace and Electronic Systems Magazine, IEEE  (Volume:17 ,  Issue: 8 )