GAS-DRIVEN ELECTRICAL POWER SOURCE
AEROJET-GENERAL CORP AZUSA CALIF
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A study was performed to determine the economic and technical feasibility of generating 1,000,000 kw of electrical power for 20 hr by using a rocket engine to drive a turbo-electric generator. Equations were derived for the technical characteristics and cost of each major component of the power generation system, including storage tanks, propellants, gas gener-ATION SYSTEM, INCLUDING STORAGE TANKS, PROPELLANTS, GAS GENERATION SYSTEM, TURBINE, AND ELECTRICAL GENERATOR. The system parameters were optimized on the basis of the lowest cost, practicable system hardware plus propellant costs for 20 hr of total operating life. The results show that the system studied is technically feasible and that the first prototype system will cost 25,000,000 after an experimental program costing 400,000 and a system development program, using full-scale components, costing 47,000,000.