Advanced Power Sources for Space Missions

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"Star Wars"--as the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) is dubbed--will require reliable sources of immense amounts of energy to power such advanced weapons as lasers and particle beams. Are such power sources available? This study says no, not yet--and points the way toward the kind of energy research and development that is needed to power SDI. Advanced Power Sources for Space Missions presents a comprehensive and objective view of SDI's unprecedented power requirements and the opportunities we have to meet them in a cost-effective manner.

About Author

Committee on Advanced Space Based High Power Technologies, Energy Engineering Board, National Research Council


1 Front Matter; 2 Executive Summary; 3 1. Introduction; 4 2. Space Power Requirements and Selection Criteria; 5 3. Space Power Systems Options and Selection Constraints; 6 4. Needed Technological Advances in Space Power Subsystems to Meet SDI Requirements; 7 5. Approaches Toward Achieving Advances in Critical Power Technologies; 8 6. Commentaries on the SDI Power Program; 9 References; 10 Appendix A: Glossary of Abbreviations; 11 Appendix B: Biographical Sketches; 12 Appendix C: Study Chronology; 13 Appendix D: Possible Impacts of Effluents from SDI Systems; 14 Appendix E: Compilation of Study Findings, Conclusions, and Recommendations; 15 Index

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780309039994
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 156
  • ID: 9780309039994
  • ISBN10: 0309039991

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