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Nuclear Technology for Space Exploration

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Samuel Stephenson

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Louise Henderson, Sarah Luebke,
Nicholas Pihl, Steven Sandelin,
Samuel Stephenson Nuclear Technology
for Space Exploration History

NERVA - 1950s-60s (Los Alamos)
Project Orion - 1955 (Los Alamos)
Project Daedalus - 1970s (BIS)
Project Longshot - 1980s (NASA)
Medusa - 1990s (BIS) Daedalus Orion NERVA Current Endeavors

Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generators
Mars 2030 or bust! Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generators Mars Science Laboratory "Curiosity" Rover Voyager 1 Deep Space Probe Making the inevitable trip to Mars Societal Views Looking Forward

Icarus Interstellar
Anti-proton Catalyzed Microfission/fusion
Beyond... Anti-Proton Catalyzed Microfission/Fusion USS Enterprise...?
Science-Fiction to Science Fact Icarus Interstellar Conclusion Revisiting Project Daedalus with 40 years of New Technology Interstellar mission to another star system in 100 years or less using Nuclear Fusion Power Anti-protons are fired into a subcritical mass initiating a nuclear fission chain reaction through annihilation with a U-235 proton which in turn initiates a fusion chain reaction of the Deuterium-Tritium core. ICAN Demonstration Using Flattop Fission (DUFF) http://www.world-nuclear-news.org/C-Nuclear_and_Stirling_engines_spur_space_exploration_271112a.html http://www.gizmag.com/fission-reactor-space-mission/25178/pictures#6 http://www.outlookseries.com/A0990/Science/3973_David_Poston_Los_Alamos_Small_Fission_Reactor_Deep_Space_Stirling_engine_Demonstration_Flattop_Fissions_DUFF_David_Poston_DUFF.htm Generating electricity w/ Nuclear Powered Sterling Engines http://www.spacex.com/assets/img/20101208_F9-002__1_Credit-Chris-Thompson_F01G0479_SM.jpg http://imgsrc.hubblesite.org/hu/db/2007/45/images/i/formats/web_print.jpg http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA14309 http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/spacecraft/safety.cfm http://ut-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/07/voyager1.jpg http://ffden-2.phys.uaf.edu/213.web.stuff/Scott%20Kircher/ICAN2.jpg http://fc01.deviantart.net/fs43/i/2009/117/8/b/USS_Enterprise_E_in_space_by_HBsuperman.jpg http://www.icarusinterstellar.org/wp-content/files_mf/robertvanderveeke3d_prutser_by_blikjebierbig.jpg http://www.techedon.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/The_Future_Earth_Look_Back.jpg http://www.icarusinterstellar.org/wp-content/files_mf/davidlangfordthethirdmillennialbig.jpg http://www.icarusinterstellar.org/wp-content/files_mf/adrianmann2big.jpg http://www.icarusinterstellar.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/nerva-exomoon.jpg http://mix.msfc.nasa.gov/abstracts.php?p=704 http://ntrs.nasa.gov/archive/nasa/casi.ntrs.nasa.gov/19770085619_1977085619.pdf Societal
Economic Societal Issues Political Views Economic Benefits http://media.npr.org/assets/img/2011/12/05/kepler-22b_wide-30f52bd47bade8305050ee8e79a537a0be2bb9dc-s40.jpg Kepler-22b Space is big,

Perhaps Nuclear Technology in Space Exploration can help us shrink the cosmos just as modern technology has done with our home planet. Expansionist Society
How does being an expansionist society affect our advances into space and possibly onto other planets?
What is to be gained by expanding?

Dangers of negatively impacting exoplanet life, cultures? Columbus and the natives all over again? Competition for New Territory
How is exoplanetary land claimed? Who lays claim to it? The first to land there, or the most able to defend it?

Who will be the most likely to immigrate to other planets? Economic trends from expansion
Generally beneficial
New resources, trade

Economic changes may be necessary to prevent developing a disposable ideal of new planets.

Necessary to expand off our planet?
Dwindling resources http://blsciblogs.baruch.cuny.edu/his1005spring2011/files/2011/04/spacerace.png http://krusekronicle.typepad.com/photos/uncategorized/2008/03/23/worldpop12000.gif http://dayton.hq.nasa.gov/IMAGES/LARGE/GPN-2000-001036.jpg
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