Accession Number:

AD0606611

Title:

ELECTRIC POWER FOR SPACE FLIGHT,

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Corporate Author:

RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CALIF

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Report Date:

1957-12-10

Pagination or Media Count:

18.0

Abstract:

Scientific satellites require electrical energy to operate a variety of instruments but probably not over something like 100 watts. For trips to the planets, electrical power will likely also be utilized in a thrust system. Examples include ionic propulsion, electrical arc heating of a gas, etc. These will require megawatts of power, particularly for high specific impulse systems. In addition each human occupant may require several kilowatts of electrical energy. For the satellite case power supplies of limited life may be satisfactory for manned space flight only solar or nuclear sources can be considered. This paper outlines several possibilities, their present limitations and future potential. Author

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APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE