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) : Haslett, R. A.

PDF Url : ADA305996

Report Date : MAY 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 142

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)

Descriptors :   *BOOSTER ROCKET ENGINES, *THERMAL PROPULSION SYSTEMS, *SPACECRAFT NUCLEAR PROPULSION, THERMAL PROPERTIES, MECHANICAL PROPERTIES, BOOST PHASE, INTERCEPTION, HYDROGEN, ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT, PROPULSION SYSTEMS, SAFETY, PRESSURE VESSELS, STRATEGIC DEFENSE INITIATIVE, GROUND BASED, NUCLEAR REACTORS, REACTOR FUELS, SPACE MISSIONS, AIR FORCE OPERATIONS, ROCKET NOZZLES, NUCLEAR PROPULSION, REACTOR FUEL ELEMENTS.

Subject Categories : Fission Reactor Materials
      Nuclear Propulsion
      Rocket Engines
      Radiation Pollution and Control

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE