Once all the ground testing is complete, NASA will start looking into moving Kilopower into a space power system
. The timeline for that is not yet clear.
"It will take significant time and effort to overcome the many hurdles on the pathway to the realization of the solar space power system
," it said.
Richardson also announced that a DOE Space Power System
program, which produces radioisotopic generators and heat sources for National Aeronautics and Space Administration deep space missions, would remain at Mound as the department plans to otherwise leave the site by 2004.
The current Air Force space power program includes research and development efforts covering a wide range of advanced space power system components, subsystems and systems.
SPACE POWER SYSTEMS REQUIREMENTS AND ISSUES: THE NEXT DECADE
There are some problems associated with this reservoir arrangement when it is used out of the laboratory, such as excessive plumbing that would be required in a space power system
to supply cesium vapor to 100 or more TFEs.
purchased the Topaz-II space power system
from the former Soviet Union.
we can develop space power systems
that will provide what we need, but belief is an opinion held without benefit of facts," he said.
HPM has extremely wide potential with applications from nanowatts to megawatts, with applications including power generation, transportation systems, biotechnology systems, and space power systems
. HPM has the potential to significantly alleviate global energy concerns, improve the environment, and stimulate the economy.
Tests at these high temperatures are being performed at the Air Force Phillips Laboratory in the vacuum environment typical of space power systems
. Burner tests typical of terrestrial power systems and thermal cycling tests have also begun at Advanced Modular Power Systems Inc., in Ann Arbor, Mich.
A lightweight, durable radiator that will be a key component in space power systems
of the future, such as those being considered for manned missions to Mars, is under development at the Battelle Pacific Northwest Laboratories (Richland, Wash.).