Usage of Nuclear Reactors in Space Applications - Space Propulsion and Space Power Concepts
Especially in the 21st century, the space has become the actual final frontier for mankind. The possibilities are endless, as there are a lot of frontiers that can be covered in space exploration. Unfortunately, two main problems prevail in space exploration. The first problem is that the distances that need to be covered are extremely large and the second problem is the need for energy for any outpost installation in space. Fortunately, the availability of nuclear technologies allow for solution of these problems. In this paper, it is demonstrated that by using nuclear technology, traveling time can be greatly reduced and the energy requirements of the astronauts onboard a spacecraft or a space station can be met.
V. Gurunadh and U. Guven, "Usage of Nuclear Reactors in Space Applications - Space Propulsion and Space Power Concepts", Applied Mechanics and Materials, Vols. 110-116, pp. 2252-2259, 2012