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Electrical Power Requirements for Future Space Exploration

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3 Author(s)
Wood, L.H. ; Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, Alabama ; Vachon, R.I. ; Seitz, R.N.

This paper discusses future electrical power requirements for various possible space missions. Probable time frames are included wherever possible. Three categories of missions are considered: earth orbital operations including communication and weather satellites, manned orbiting laboratories, and scientific satellites; lunar operations in the post-Apollo era; and intrasolar system operations including manned and unmanned planetary missions, solar probes, and out of the ecliptic probes. Power levels necessary to support the missions vary widely; various levels from a fraction of a kilowatt to hundreds of kilowatts are discussed. This paper reaffirms the conclusion reached by a growing number of people that the availability of electrical power may pace future space explorations.

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Nuclear Science, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:12 ,  Issue: 1 )

Date of Publication:

Feb. 1965

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