Accession Number:

AD0731963

Title:

Comparison of Chemical and Nuclear Propulsion for Lunar and Cislunar Transportation Systems

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

INSTITUTE FOR DEFENSE ANALYSES ALEXANDRIA VA SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY DIV

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1970-10-01

Pagination or Media Count:

30.0

Abstract:

Nuclear NERVA solid-core propulsion systems are compared to advanced cryogenic F2H2 and O2H2 chemical propulsion systems for an orbit- to-orbit vehicle operating in the earth-moon space. The orbit-to-orbit vehicle is assumed to use propellants delivered by a reusable earth-to-orbit shuttle EOS. High-velocity-increment missions lunar and geostationary orbit are emphasized. Optimum operating regimes for reusable and expendable chemical and nuclear systems are indicated.

Subject Categories:

  • Economics and Cost Analysis
  • Astronautics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE