Accession Number:

ADA305996

Title:

Space Nuclear Thermal Propulsion Program.

Descriptive Note:

Final rept. Sep 89-May 95,

Corporate Author:

GRUMMAN AEROSPACE CORP BETHPAGE NY

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1995-05-01

Pagination or Media Count:

142.0

Abstract:

The SNTP Program was an advanced technology development effort aimed at providing the Nation a new, dramatically higher performing rocket engine that would more than double the performance of the best conventional chemical rocket engines. The program consisted of three phases. Phase I ran from November 1987 through September 1989. The objective of this phase was to verify the feasibility of the Particle Bed Reactor PBR as the propulsion energy source for the upper stage of a ground-based Boost Phase Intercept BPI vehicle. The BPl mission was of interest to the Strategic Defense Initiative Organization SDIO who sponsored the program. Phase II started under SDIO control and was transferred to the Air Force AF in October 1991. The BPI mission was de-emphasized, and engine requirements were revised to satisfy more general AF space missions. The goal of Phase II was to perform a ground demonstration of a prototypical PBR engine. MM

Subject Categories:

  • Fission Reactor Materials
  • Nuclear Propulsion
  • Rocket Engines
  • Radiation Pollution and Control

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE