A STUDY OF THE FEASIBILITY OF USING NUCLEAR VERSUS SOLAR POWER IN WATER EXTRACTION FROM ROCKS.
Final rept. for 5 Jul 63-30 Sep 65,
NORTH AMERICAN AVIATION INC DOWNEY CALIF SPACE AND INFORMATION SYSTEMS DIV
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Relative to the extraction of water from predicted lunar surface materials, use of solar energy is recommended during early LESA missions, phasing into nuclear energy in later LESA missions. A heat transfer loop common to both systems is evaluated. Various geological and heat transfer problems that pertain to reactor and solar heat sources, as well as the engineering and logistics aspects of water extraction systems, are investigated. Welded tuffs and altered volcanics are believed to be among the best source materials for water in lunarbasing operations. Author